Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Flood, 21 February 1812

To Henry Flood

Monticello Feb. 21. 12.


Your letter of Jan. 29. is just now recieved, having been three weeks on the road. I have this day written by the mail to my overseer at Poplar forest to send off two boys on horseback with bags as soon as he recieves my letter. I shall probably be on myself nearly as soon as he will be sending for the seed, and will leave the price of it with you as I pass. with my thanks for your attention to this matter be pleased to accept the assurance of my esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); salutation faint; at foot of text: “Majr Flood”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Henry Flood.

Henry Flood (ca. 1756–1827) operated a tavern in Buckingham County where TJ often dined or stayed the night when traveling to and from Poplar Forest. Noah Flood also kept a tavern, located about 11½ miles from the former, and which establishment is being referenced is not always clear (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 , esp. 2:1161, 1305; Chambers, Poplar Forest description begins S. Allen Chambers, Poplar Forest & Thomas Jefferson, 1993 description ends , 140–1; Richmond Enquirer, 24 July 1827).

Flood’s letter to TJ of Jan. 29, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Buckingham on 19 Feb. 1812.

Index Entries

  • Buckingham County, Va.; TJ travels through search
  • burnet search
  • Flood, Henry; and burnet seed search
  • Flood, Henry; identified search
  • Flood, Henry; letters from accounted for search
  • Flood, Henry; letters to search