Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Everette, 24 June 1811

To Charles Everette

Monticello June 24. 11.

Dear Doctor

My funds lying all in Richmond, I inclose you an order on Messrs Gibson & Jefferson of that place for 42. D 20 c the balance of your account. but should it not be convenient to you to recieve the money in Richmond, I will on your intimation call for it by the first post. will you be so good as to sign the inclosed paper & return it to me by the bearer to be transmitted to Genl Chamberlayne who, acting as executor for the estate of which the negro man was a part, informs me he must produce vouchers for the passing of his accounts. I hope you are recovering fast from the consequences of your fall. our good cherries are all gone, or we should have repeated the sending them. none remain but a few Morellas, too sour to be eaten. but if they would be acceptable they are at your service. Accept the assurances of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Dr Everett”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found, but see Everette to TJ, 1 Nov. 1810, and enclosure.

William Chamberlayne was the executor of Lyne Shackelford’s estate. The negro man was Tom Buck. TJ had cultivated morello cherries (morellas) at Monticello since 1778. These late-season sour cherries were commonly used for pies, preserves, or brandy (Hatch, Fruit Trees description begins Peter Hatch, The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello, 1998 description ends , 95, 97–8; Betts, Garden Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book, 1766–1824, 1944 description ends , 75, 82n).

Index Entries

  • Buck, Tom (slave) search
  • Chamberlayne, William; and slaves of Shackelford estate search
  • cherries; Morello search
  • Everette, Charles; letters to search
  • Everette, Charles; treats slaves search
  • food; cherries search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and medical services for TJ search
  • Shackelford, Lyne; estate of search
  • slaves; medical treatment for search