Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Dougherty, 14 March 1803

From Joseph Dougherty

City of Washington Mar. 14th 1803


The family is all well and Lives tranquil Sir. Stable jacks master is now here from the Easternshore. He proposes. the following terms to sell his Servant he will furnish me with a copy of his Uncles will who is Dead About four years & four months. jack was borne a slave under him and at his Death was to serve this Wm. Legg his present Master twelve years. At the Expiration of which time he is to be free.

By this infirmation he has Seven years & eight months to Serve for which time he asks 210 Dollars. that is 30 D per year, but Sir. he may be bot for 200 Dollars I could Sir. give him no Satisfactory Ansr. without your approbation

I Hope Sir. we to our great satisfaction we will heare that you had a safe journey and is well.   I am Sir

your moste obedt. Servt.

Jos. Dougherty

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 18 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.

John (jack) Shorter was a livery servant and hostler at the President’s House from the fall of 1801 until the spring of 1809 (Lucia Stanton, “ ‘A Well-Ordered Household’: Domestic Servants in Jefferson’s White House,” White House History, 17 [2006], 9, 11; RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004- , 9 vols. description ends , 1:60n).

William legg lived in Centreville in Queen Anne’s County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore (Easton, Md., Republican Star, 10 Apr. 1804, 17 Jan. 1809).

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