Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Watson to Thomas Jefferson, 9 March 1812

From William Watson

March 9th 1812

Dr sir

Mr Bacon was Stating to me last Cort that it was Contrary to your orders for Joseph to plate aney more trees without your orders, he Requested me when ever I sent to send a not with the trees and send them to you or him self and they sold be done, when ever I wanted them, and that he wold take my plating by the year, and take it out in my shop, I am very glad the arangment is maid in this way

Mr Lilley & Mr freeman had previously told me tha Joseph had liberty to plate some trees in his own time this was the reson I got hm to plat for me I am your obt servant

Wm Watson

NB I shold be glad to hav som done by wednesday next

RC (MHi); dateline beneath signature; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Mar. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

William Watson (d. 1853) was a saddler and harness maker in Albemarle County. He owned property in Charlottesville and was the county jailer, 1811–28 and 1832–41 (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901 description ends , 338–9, 380; Mary Rawlings, ed., Early Charlottesville: Recollections of James Alexander 1828–1874 [1942], 8; 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 ; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 22:193–4, 271–3).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • Fossett, Joseph (Joe) (TJ’s slave; b.1780); plates saddle trees search
  • Freeman, John Holmes; Monticello overseer search
  • Lilly, Gabriel; Monticello overseer search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Overseers at; plantation management by search
  • overseers; plantation management by search
  • Watson, William; and plating of saddle trees search
  • Watson, William; identified search
  • Watson, William; letters from search