From George Jefferson
Richmond 16th. June 1802.
In compliance with the desire expressed in your favor of the 12th., I have been endeavouring to get an offer for your Tobacco, but no one seems disposed to make a positive one, unless I were authorised to make sale of it.
Should I be authorised to sell it at such a price, a Mr. Rutherfoord tells me that he thinks it probable he will give 4.¾$ Cash, or 5$ at 90 days. this last price however I think may be had in Cash, but better than that I fear is not to be expected.
It is a rare thing now a days to meet with any one who will give an extra price on credit, who is with safety to be trusted.
No Earth-quake I suppose ever produced a greater crush, than Peace has amongst the Merchants. I have myself by fatal experience become a convert to your opinion—”that 500 acres of land is of more value than the prospect of the fortune of any Merchant whatever.” Your goodness will, I trust, excuse these observations.
I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 June and so recorded in SJL.