Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Lyle, 27 January 1811

To James Lyle

Monticello Jan. 27. 11.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 3d did not reach me till the day before yesterday. I set out this morning for Bedford to see about the expediting the grinding my wheat there & getting the flour to market. it is the fund which I have destined for your debt, my tobacco being engaged to extricate my indorser & myself from the bank. what the wheat crop will enable me to do, I cannot fix precisely, as it will depend so much on the price I get for the flour in Richmond, where it will be consigned to Messrs Gibson & Jefferson: but it will not be much short I hope of paying off Harvie’s bond, if it does not enable me to do it compleatly which I still hope. be assured no effort shall be wanting to pay off the other bonds after this is discharged.

I am happy in possessing a pair of spectacles which I think will certainly magnify sufficiently for the present state of your vision. I procured them for the purpose of common magnifying glasses, & cannot possibly find a use for them so gratifying to myself as the accomodation of the earliest friend & acquaintance I have now living. if my memory is faithful I remember you 62. or 63. years back. may you enjoy as many more in health & happiness as yourself shall wish. accept the assurance of my constant esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “James Lyle esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • eyeglasses search
  • flour; in Lynchburg market search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Harvie, Richard; and TJ’s debt to J. Lyle search
  • health; vision loss search
  • Henderson, McCaul, & Company (Scottish firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • household articles; eyeglasses search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to Henderson, McCaul, & Company search
  • Lyle, James; agent for Henderson, McCaul, & Co. search
  • Lyle, James; letters to search
  • Lyle, James; vision loss of search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; flour market at search
  • tobacco; payments for search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search