Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Carr, 16 March 1811

To Samuel Carr

Monticello Mar. 16. 11

Dear Sir

I send the horse by the bearer. if he is to be had for 100 D I will take him without further hesitation or reserve. if 120.D are required, they must agree to take him back if his lameness does not go off in one month, during which he shall be little used, merely to see if he gets better. I shall be glad to be decided as soon as convenient.  I send you some Benni seed, and more asparagus beans having found a larger stock

Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr S. Carr”; endorsed by TJ.

Samuel Carr (1771–1855), the middle son of TJ’s sister Martha and his close friend Dabney Carr (1743–73), was born in Goochland County and raised in Maryland by his uncle Overton Carr. He eventually returned to Virginia and settled at Dunlora plantation. In 1806 Carr became a captain of cavalry in the Albemarle County militia and a county magistrate. He represented Albemarle in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1818–19, and sat in the Senate of Virginia, 1835–39. Carr died in Kanawha County (now West Virginia) and was buried at Monticello (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 1st ser., 15 [1906]: 118; 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. 1:523; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901 description ends , 160, 377; Lay, Architecture description begins K. Edward Lay, The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, 2000 description ends , 126; TJ to Carr, 1 May 1801 [ViU: TJP-CC]; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers . . . Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 9:491; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends ; Shackelford, Descendants description begins George Green Shackelford, ed., Collected Papers to Commemorate Fifty Years of the Monticello Association of the Descendants of Thomas Jefferson, 1965 description ends , 1:253; Richmond Whig and Public Advertiser, 7 Aug. 1855).

Index Entries

  • asparagus beans search
  • beans; asparagus search
  • Carr, Dabney (1743–73) (TJ’s brother-in-law); family of search
  • Carr, Martha Jefferson (TJ’s sister); family of search
  • Carr, Overton search
  • Carr, Samuel (TJ’s nephew); identified search
  • Carr, Samuel (TJ’s nephew); letters to search
  • Carr, Samuel (TJ’s nephew); sells horse to TJ search
  • horses; TJ purchases search
  • seeds; sent by TJ search
  • seeds; sesame search
  • sesame (benne; benni); TJ sends seeds of search