Thomas Jefferson Papers

Wilson Cary Nicholas to Thomas Jefferson, 1 July 1810

From Wilson Cary Nicholas

Warren July 1st 1810

My Dear Sir.

I expected for some time past to have the pleasure of seeing you tomorrow, but I cannot venture from home, until I have securd my wheat. I shou’d have finished my harvest yesterday but for the wet weather last week. I have yet 150 acres to cut. I suspect nine or ten shillings a bushel has been given for wheat to be delivered early. wou’d it not be well for us to embrace that price? I shou’d think your Bedford wheat cou’d be carried to Lynchburg. Fifty per Cent advance upon the ordinary price ought not to be lost—The wheat is so good this year that those who are so fortunate as to obtain that price, will make more than a double crop in value. Mr Patterson informs me you have two merino sheep. Will it be possible for me to get the use of your ram for any part of the next season? I am very anxious to get a stock of that breed of sheep, and shou’d be glad to procure a ram and a ewe as soon as you have them to spare unless I can furnish myself earlier. I beg the favor of you to put me on your list of applicants. I have only a moment to assure you of the

Great respect & regard of Dear Sir your friend & hum. Serv.

W. C. Nicholas

RC (NNPM); endorsed by TJ as received 2 July 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; wheat harvest in search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and merino sheep search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters from search
  • Patterson, Mr.; acquaintance of Nicholas search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • weather; rain search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search
  • wheat; prospects for coming harvest search