From George Jefferson
Richmond 24th Apl 1809
I hope that you will have received the trunk No 28, as it certainly is not here.
I thought I had been particular in counting the last packages sent you, but suppose I may have made a mistake, & that perhaps has caused you to make one.—I find from referring to the bill of lading, that there were only 3 trunks, Nos 26, 27, & 28.—I have no recollection of having received one at any other time—& suspect that on your seeing there was one short of the number I mentioned, you1 concluded without examination there was one missing, & perhaps did not examine the Nos so particularly as you would otherwise have done.
I fear there will be no chance of getting cotton seed here.—I doubt if there ever was a bushel sold in the place.— this information I would have given you sooner, but was out of Town when Mr B’s letter was received, & it escaped my notice on my return.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Apr. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.
In December 1808 TJ instructed Edmund Bacon to plant at least two acres of cotton for making cloth and suggested that he procure seed from those possessing cotton gins. When Bacon replied that he could not get seed locally, TJ recommended that he write Gibson & Jefferson (TJ to Bacon, 26 Dec. 1808 [CSmH: JF], 30 Jan. 1809 [Foreman M. Lebold, Chicago, 1947]; Bacon to TJ, 26 Jan. 1809 [MHi]).
1. George Jefferson here canceled “took it for.”