To George Jefferson
Washington Apr. 8. 1803.
I inclose you a list of my Bedford crop of tobo. made the last year, partly brought down to Richmond, & partly soon to be there under your care. I have lately understood tobacco is looking up. I will thank you for information what can be got; and if 7. Doll. can be got, you may sell it immediately. the money will be wanting July 12. as on that day I have to pay at your counting house a note of 1300. D. to Craven Peyton on order. I wrote to you to stop £16–8–9 of the orders formerly given on you in favor of Moran, if not already drawn out of your hands. if it is, I shall lose it.
I must ask the favor of you to buy me 150. fine hams. if mr Macon’s are to be had, they have been found excellent. they are to be forwarded here. I just learn that the two hogsheads of wine are sent off from Baltimore for Richmond. be pleased to send them up by the boats in which David Higginbotham is concerned. I believe they are conducted by Johnson Roe. I have agreed with Higginbotham to carry up every thing for me, as he undertakes to be responsible for the fidelity of his boatmen, and carries cheaper than the others. I have reserved a right to send by others any particular matter very pressing when he has no boats down. accept my affectionate salutations.
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Recorded in SJL with notation “tobo. wine. Higginb’s boat.” Enclosure not found, but see below.
Excluding the amount of the crop deducted by his overseer Burgess Griffin, TJ recorded the production of 45,139 pounds of tobacco at Poplar Forest in 1802 (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1095).