Account with Isham Chisholm
[ca. 1 May 1812]
|Isham Chisolm in Acct with Th:J.|
|To balance due on nail acct 29/4 =||4||.89|
|23.||By 13. days pursuit of Jas Hubd @ 2.D||26.|
|15.||By 9. days pursuit of Jas Hub @ 1.D||9.|
|By jail fees 16/||2.||67|
|By his subsistence on the road||2.|
|By premium promised||25.|
|To balance thro’ E. Bacon||14||.78|
MS (MHi); written entirely in TJ’s hand on a reused address cover to TJ; undated; endorsed by TJ: “Chisolm Isham.” Dft (MHi); written entirely in TJ’s hand on a different reused address cover to TJ; undated; with Chisholm’s debits arranged vertically above his credits; endorsed by TJ: “Chisolm Isham”; subjoined to TJ’s Notes on Expenses, [ca. 1 May 1812].
Isham Chisholm (d. 1837), a farmer in Albemarle County, worked occasionally for TJ. Earlier in 1812 TJ sent him to Lexington, Virginia, in unsuccessful pursuit of TJ’s runaway slave James (Jame) Hubbard. On a second trip for this purpose, Chisholm apprehended Hubbard in Pendleton County (now West Virginia) and brought him back to Monticello. At his death he owned property valued in excess of $4,000, including twelve slaves (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 , 2:1268, 1297; TJ to Reuben Perry, 16 Apr. 1812; Account with Reuben Perry, 10 Dec. 1813; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 12:461–2, 470–1).