Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Lyle, 5 April 1811

To James Lyle

Monticello Apr. 5. 11.

Dear Sir

In my letter of Jan. 27. I informed you I was just setting out for Bedford to see about getting my crop of wheat there ground & brought to market, out of which I should be enabled to make you a paiment. I found it in a disagreeable situation. it had been delivered to be ground at a mill, the dam of which had recently given way. I endeavored to withdraw it but the miller refused, engaging to have his dam up & the flour delivered within the season. I staid there a month, and was assured when I came away that the dam would be compleated within the next three weeks, when my wheat should be immediately ground. of course it should now be ready or nearly so to be sent down. it will be consigned to Messrs Gibson & Jefferson, & will enable me when sold to pay you 1000.D. I sincerely wish it could have been more, but the plantation expences coming out of it, do not leave more at my disposal. Accept my best wishes for the continuance of life & health & assurances of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

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

Index Entries

  • Callaway, George; mill and dam search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Henderson, McCaul, & Company (Scottish firm); TJ’s debt to 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
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search