Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles L. Bankhead, 10 June 1811

To Charles L. Bankhead

Monticello June 10. 11.

Dear Sir

I have just recieved a letter from mr Short authorising me to sell his lands in our neighborhood, and particularly desiring me to offer them to yourself and Dr Bankhead. I think it an excellent tract and well worth 12. Dollars. the times of paiment will be made entirely easy on paiment of interest. should Dr Bankhead fulfill our wishes in providing himself a retreat here, I do not think it likely a better tract will soon be offered for sale. be so good as to inform me whenever his or your mind is made up on the subject that I may govern myself accordingly.  we are all well, and live in the hope that Anne will shorten her intended stay at Portroyal & that yourself will visit us sometimes in the meanwhile. I set out to Bedford on the 16th or 17th to return about the last of the month. the family proposes to pass that interval at Edgehill. altho’ we have lately had very seasonable rains, the wheat does not get over the injury of the fly. the crop will be light except in the tobacco grounds & other very rich lands.  the Shoemakers deliver up the mill tomorrow to mr Randolph & McKenny, who have bought them out at considerable sacrifices, and will carry on the business in partnership. the Shoemakers, under all their bad management, have ground between 7. & 8000. barrels this year, on which they confess they have made a Dollar a barrel. I think their successors will recieve at least 60,000. bushels of wheat a year, without buying a bushel. tender my kisses to Anne & Cornelia, my respectful obeisances to Dr & mrs Bankhead, & accept for yourself the assurance of my affectionate esteem & attachment.

Th: Jefferson

RC (IaHi, 1944); at foot of text: “Mr Bankhead.” PoC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; land prices in search
  • Bankhead, Ann (Anne) Cary Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter; Charles Lewis Bankhead’s wife); TJ misses search
  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); and Albemarle Co. land search
  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); letters to search
  • Bankhead, John; TJ sends greetings to search
  • Bankhead, Mary Warner Lewis (John Bankhead’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Edgehill (T. M. Randolph’s Albemarle Co. estate); family at search
  • Hessian fly search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); TJ tries to sell for W. Short search
  • McKinney, James; and Shadwell mills search
  • Randolph, Cornelia Jefferson (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Port Royal search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and Shadwell mills search
  • Shadwell mills; mismanagement at search
  • Shoemaker, Isaac; and mismanagement of Shadwell Mill search
  • Shoemaker, Jonathan; and mismanagement of Shadwell Mill search
  • Short, William; and Indian Camp search
  • wheat; ground at Shadwell Mill search