Thomas Jefferson Papers

George Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson, 21 April 1809

From George Jefferson

Richmond 21st Apl 1809

Dear Sir

I have received eleven Hhds of your Tobo, which the person who sent it informs me is all there is.

It is inspected, and is said by those who saw your crop last year, to be greatly inferior to it.

I do not suppose it would at this time command more than 5 $, if even that; there being scarcely any demand at this time for Tobacco, except for that of a very superior quality, which would suit the British markets.

I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Apr. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

The eleven hogsheads of tobacco, grown at Poplar Forest and probably sent by Burgess Griffin, eventually fetched $6.50 per hundredweight (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1255).

Index Entries

  • Griffin, Burgess; Poplar Forest overseer search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
  • overseers; send tobacco to Richmond search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; send tobacco to Richmond search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search