Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert Quarles to Thomas Jefferson, 24 September 1809

From Robert Quarles

Fluvanna Sepr 24th 1809.

Dear Sir,

Mr John Ashlin a neighbour of mine, wishes to erect a mill on the Rivanna River a few miles above Columbia, & he finds much difficulty in getting information respecting the mode of proceedure to obtain permission to build. Has the County Court the power of granting leave? or must the application be made to the Legislature in consequence of their Charter to the James River Compy? or must the Application be made to the company itself?

I trust you will pardon me the liberty I have taken of resorting to you for information on this Subject—Your peculear situation, in having a mill on the same water course, combined with other circumstances, induce me to believe that I could apply to no better source for correct information—I have the honor to be yr sincere friend & Obt

Rot Quarles

address to the Columbia post office

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Sept. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

Robert Quarles (1763–1827), of Columbia, Fluvanna County, served as an ensign and regimental quartermaster in the Continental army from May 1782 until the close of the Revolutionary War and was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati. He was a major in the Albemarle County militia during the latter part of the 1780s and superintendent of the state arsenal at Point of Fork in Fluvanna County from 1793 until it closed in 1801. Quarles served on the Virginia Council of State, 1812–15, and subsequently was state quartermaster general. He relocated to Missouri shortly before his death (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 31 vols. description ends , 26:64; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Patriot Index [1990], 2389; Heitman, Continental Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783, rev. ed., 1914 description ends , 456; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers . . . Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 4:546, 6:515–17, 575, 9:183–4, 202, 10:148, 445–7, 474).

Index Entries

  • Ashlin, John; mill of search
  • dams; on Rivanna River search
  • James River Company search
  • mills; on Rivanna River search
  • Quarles, Robert; and Rivanna River dam search
  • Quarles, Robert; identified search
  • Quarles, Robert; letters from search
  • Rivanna River; dams on search
  • Rivanna River; milling operations on search