Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Mary Daingerfield, 30 November 1809

To Mary Daingerfield

Monticello Nov. 30.


As the year is now drawing to a close & it will not be convenient for me to continue to hire all the negroes which I have heretofore hired from yourself & miss Dangerfield, I think it my duty to inform you of it. I should be willing to hire Tom & Edmund again. the rest, or the whole, if it is your pleasure, shall be delivered to your order at the end of their term; shall be discharged with orders to proceed home. as I depend on the produce of my farms it will not be in my power to remit you the hire of the present year until the spring when our crops may be at market & disposed of. be assured it shall be done the first moment it is in my power. I am with great respect

Madam Your most obedt servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); partially dated; at foot of text: “Mrs Dangerfield”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 30 Nov. 1809.

In 1806 TJ hired nine slaves from Daingerfield and her daughter miss Sarah Daingerfield Hooe. One ran away, and on 25 Dec. 1809 he discharged six of the remaining eight, retaining tom & edmund at $74 and $70 per annum, respectively (TJ to Daingerfield, 13 Dec. 1808 [MHi], and 11 Mar. 1809; 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 , 2:1185, 1251).

1First letter of word omitted, probably due to a malfunction in the polygraph.

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