Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 1 July 1809

To George Jefferson

Monticello July 1. 09.

Dear Sir

Your three letters of June 16. 19. & 23. came to hand by our last post, and I now inclose you the two notes signed as desired. I am sincerely sorry for the transfer of this debt into the bank, & to have subjected mr Venable to a responsibility there which I know must be painful to him, & on that account doubles my uneasiness. a person near the Natural bridge had made me an offer for my lands there, which for want of information I could not then accept. he promised to call on me this spring, but not having done it, I have written to him my readiness to conclude with him. Griffin writes me from Bedford that he has a hope of selling the lands which I offer there, soon after I shall have gone there. the prospect of selling several detached tracts here is as yet unpromising, & all these operations you know are slow. they shall be pressed however in aid of my Bedford crops.

I accede to your choice of Gordon & co. for my correspondents in groceries, & will take care to have paiments duly made at the epochs proposed. I mentioned in my letter my request that they would send on 50.℔ of coffee by the first boats, as we shall be in want by that time. I am much in want of the bar iron which is with you. I will pray you to send that & 20. bundles of rod by the first boat. the remaining 60. bundles of rod may wait for mr Randolph’s boats, which will be down after harvest. if the chairs are gone up they will probably be in Bedford [in?] time for me, as I have not yet fixed a day for my departure.

Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr G. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ.

The two notes were enclosed in Jefferson to TJ, 23 June 1809. The person was William Jenkings (TJ to Jenkings, 1 July 1809).

On this date Jefferson wrote a brief note to TJ: “Sent by Harry for Mr Jefferson one small box—Mr Gordon is to send by him 50lbs of Coffee” (RC in MHi; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 July 1809 and so recorded in SJL).

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • coffee; TJ purchases search
  • furniture; Windsor chairs search
  • Gordon, Robert; grocer search
  • Gordon, Trokes & Company (Richmond firm); supplies groceries to TJ search
  • Griffin, Burgess; and sale of Bedford Co. land search
  • Harry (boatman); carries goods from Richmond search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from accounted for search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters to search
  • Jenkings, William; and Natural Bridge land search
  • naileries; nailrod and iron stock search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; proposed sale of TJ’s lands at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); furniture at search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Venable, Abraham; and bank loan search