Lease Agreement with William Johnson
It is agreed between Thomas Jefferson and William Johnson that the said Thomas shall permit the sd William to occupy during this present year 1811. the tenement below Milton which he has occupied for some years, in lease, for which he shall pay the sd Thomas a rent of sixty dollars on the last day of the year; and that the land shall be divided into three equal shifts, of which one shall not be cultivated this yearΛ and further that the said William shall keep and deliver at the end of the year the houses & fences in as good order as they are at present. Witness our hands this 17th day of January 1811.
note. this tenement contains 50. as
MS (MHi); in TJ’s hand, signed by TJ and Johnson; endorsed by TJ: “Johnson Wm lease for 1811.” Not recorded in SJL.
William Johnson was a Milton waterman who carried goods to and from Monticello between April 1799 and at least 1820 (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 , esp. 2:1001, 1276, 1362; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 32 vols. description ends , 31:93; TJ to George Jefferson, 1 Apr. 1811; Johnson to TJ, 12 Jan. 1814).
1. Preceding ten words added in pencil by TJ and keyed to text above with carets.