From John Winn
Charlottesville 7th Fb. 1810
I am in want of some lime for whitwasheing. Mr Chisholem informs me you have some, if so and you can spare me about half a Bushell of that which is unslacked I shall be much Obliged if you have none unslacked1 that which is slacked will answer —I am
RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Tho Jefferson Esqr Montecello”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 Feb. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.
John Winn (d. 1837) moved to Charlottesville from Fluvanna County early in the 1800s. He and his brother-in-law Twyman Wayt soon formed one of Charlottesville’s preeminent mercantile firms. Winn later facilitated the acquisition of some of the materials used to build the University of Virginia. He lived on the Belmont estate from 1813, and from 1803 until his death he served as Charlottesville’s postmaster (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901 description ends , 341, 346–7; 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 ; Lay, Architecture description begins K. Edward Lay, The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, 2000 description ends , 170; John M. Perry to Alexander Garrett, 23 June 1817, Perry to Arthur Brockenbrough, 4 Sept. 1817 [ViU: Proctor’s Papers]; Balance Sheet for the University of Virginia, 23 Nov. 1822 [ViU: John Hartwell Cocke Papers]; Axelson, Virginia Postmasters description begins Edith F. Axelson, Virginia Postmasters and Post Offices, 1789–1832, 1991 description ends , 3; Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser, 21 Nov. 1837).
chisholem was either Hugh Chisholm or his brother John R. Chisholm, brickmasons TJ employed at this time to build four cisterns at Monticello (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 , 2:950, 1234–5, 1246–7). unslacked (unslaked): “not hydrated” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).
1. Manuscript: “unstacked.”
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