Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Agreement with John Harvie, 17 February 1810

Agreement with John Harvie

Having conflicting claims to one moity of four hundred and ninety acres of land patented to John Harvie and Thomas Mann Randolph, assignees of Jas Marks, we have compromised those claims upon the following terms: to wit, Thomas Jefferson binds himself to make at the next March Court of Albemarle County a full and complete release to John Harvie of his said claim: nd John Harvie, on his part, binds himself, to pay to Mr Jefferson one half of the value of the said moity according to the rates per acre which Mr Taylor gives him for his Belmont estate after deducting in proportion therefrom the value of the things & of the rents thrown in as inducements to the bargain. It is understood that the amount which John Harvie is to pay Thomas Jefferson is to be in the same proportions as to quantums of payment and at the same times which Thomas Taylor pays him the said Harvie. Mr Rogers or any other person mutually designated shall determine the value of the things sold to Mr Taylor along with the land. The rents thrown in are two hundred and fifty pounds. The payments which J Harvie receives are two thousand pounds on the 1st July next ensueing and thenceforward the sum of one thousand pounds annually on the 1st March untill the whole is paid. signed and dated this 17th day of February one thousand eight hundred and ten.

Th: Jefferson
John Harvie

[Note in TJ’s hand:] 2020. as found on survey

MS (MHi); in Harvie’s hand, signed by TJ and Harvie; endorsed by TJ: “Harvie John” and by Harvie: “Jefferson with Harvie {Contract.”

TJ ultimately received £402.17 from the sale of the belmont estate. Harvie paid off his debt to TJ over the course of the next seven years (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 , 2:1257, 1319).

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County Court, Va. search
  • Belmont tract; sale of search
  • Harvie, John (1742–1807); and Southwest Mountain tract search
  • Harvie, John (1783–1838); and sale of Belmont estate search
  • Harvie, John (1783–1838); TJ’s dispute with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; dispute with J. Harvie search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; agreements with John Harvie search
  • Marks, James; and Southwest Mountain tract search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1741–93) (father of Thomas Mann Randolph [1768–1828] and Thomas Mann Randolph [1792–1848]) search
  • rent; from Belmont estate search
  • Rogers, John (of Albemarle Co.); and TJ’s dispute with J. Harvie search
  • Southwest Mountain tract (Albemarle Co.); dispute over ownership search
  • Taylor, Thomas; purchases Belmont estate search