Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles L. Bankhead to Thomas Jefferson, 20 June 1811

From Charles L. Bankhead

Port Royal June 20th–11

Dear sir

I have recieved yours of the 10 June for which both my father and myself render you our gratefull acknowledgements. he thanks you sincerely for the information you have given him of Mr: Shorts intention to sell his land & to be remember,d by you will ever impose a debt of gratitude upon me, a debt which my heart most liberally repays. I should have answerd you before this, but for the expectation of saying to you in person, what I now do by letter.  Mr: Radford of Lynchburgh1 has lately written me on the subject of our land in Bedford, and express,d a strong desire to become a purchaser; supposing him acquainted with the price, Mr: Clay having promised to make that known, I had determined to set out immediately for Lynchburgh. As you are lately from the forest I should be obliged to you for any information you may have collected, as to the chances of finding a purchasor. Mr: Radford requests me to fix a price. I must solicit your advice as to that also, as my answer will be determined by it.  My father declines the purchase of Mr: Shorts land, both my mother and himself fearing at this time of their lives, to encounter the laborious & troublesome details of moveing, building, improveing &c. I wish indeed that there was a house on the place with some little improvements about it, for those are circumstances which I believe would make highlanders of us all. I am happy to hear Colo. Randolph is likely to succeed with the mill. I always thought from the adjacency of his farm, that the advantages resulting from the lease would be greater [to]2 him tha[n] to any other tenant. My warmest regards to Mr: & Mrs Randolp[h] and believe me my dear sir to be yours very affectionately

Chas: L Bankhead

RC (Robert Hill Kean, on deposit ViU: TJP); edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr: Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 July 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ was last at Poplar forest between 30 Jan. and 28 Feb. 1811 (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 , 2:1263). Thomas Mann Randolph’s Edgehill farm was located close to TJ’s Shadwell Mill.

1Manuscript: “Lyncburgh.”

2Omitted word editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); and Bedford Co. land search
  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); and W. Short’s land search
  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); letters from search
  • Bankhead, John; and W. Short’s land search
  • Bankhead, Mary Warner Lewis (John Bankhead’s wife); and W. Short’s land search
  • Bedford County, Va.; C. L. Bankhead to buy land in search
  • Clay, Charles; and sale of Poplar Forest land search
  • Edgehill (T. M. Randolph’s Albemarle Co. estate); location of search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); TJ tries to sell for W. Short search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Radford, William; purchases Bear Branch land search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and Shadwell mills search
  • Shadwell mills; and T. M. Randolph search
  • Shadwell mills; location of search
  • Short, William; and Indian Camp search