Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 10 June 1811 [document added in digital edition]

To George Jefferson

Monticello June 10. 11.

Dear Sir

I recieved yesterday yours of the 6th informing me of the sale of part of my flour at my lowest limit of 9.D. you must be so good as to consider that limit as removed. it was originally proposed at a season when I was satisfied the market must come to that notwithstanding momentary depressions. but the season is now arrived when the approach of harvest must necessarily lower the demand & price. we must therefore take what we can get for any still in hand, as no rise can be expected for this season, & the commodity will not keep till another. in the progress of the non-importation law, there is a single article of British manufacture, for the want of which we may suffer piercing distress. that is, the striped blankets for the negroes, for which no substitute can be had. I think it a duty to those poor creatures to look to this in time. could you procure me 50. in Richmond or elsewhere? perhaps they may as yet be had and without an extravagant advance, altho some advance must even now be expected. you will remove a load of painful apprehension from my mind if you can secure me on this article. I wish not to be named as the purchaser, being desirous that my name may not be connected with any subject which may be distorted into a political aspect. I shall set out for Bedford this day sennight & return to our harvest. ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

P. S. I make some small draughts on you, too inconsiderable to merit letters of advice, my writing & signature being so well known

PoC (Profiles in History, Calabasas, Calif., April 2016: Historical Auction 84, Lot 92, 18 Apr. 2016); with unrelated calculations in an unidentified hand on verso; above postscript: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ. This document, located after the pertinent chronological volume was published, will appear in the concluding supplement to the print edition.

Index Entries

  • blankets; for slaves search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Great Britain; manufacturing in search
  • Great Britain; Non-Intercourse Act reimposed on search
  • household articles; blankets search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and goods for TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters to search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); sells TJ’s flour search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Non-Intercourse Act (1809); TJ on search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • slavery; TJ on search
  • slaves; supplies for search