Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson: Agreement with William & Reuben Mitchell, 4 September 1812

Agreement with William & Reuben Mitchell

Messrs Mitchells having proposed to recieve my crop of wheat of the last harvest of this place at their mill on Blackwater, and to return me flour for the same at the rate of a barrel of fine for five & a half bushels of wheat, and a barrel of Superfine for the same quantity of wheat and fifty cents extra, to be delivered for me into the boats free of expence and the qualities of fine and superfine to be ascertained by the Richmond inspection, I agree to the said forms on the further conditions that they will recieve the wheat at any time from this date to the 15th of November as it can be conveniently carried, and will commence the delivery of the flour the middle of October and deliver the whole by the middle of November: to which conditions Messrs Mitchells expressing their agreement by signing these presents, the same shall become binding on me. Witness my hand at Poplar Forest this 4th day of September 1812.

Jeremiah A Goodman Th: Jefferson
W & R Mitchell

MS (ViU: TJP-ER); in TJ’s hand, signed by Alexander Tompkins for the firm of William & Reuben Mitchell and witnessed by Goodman; endorsed by TJ: “Mitchells.”

TJ based this agreement on a preliminary proposal from the firm that it accept “5½ Bushels wheat for a Bbl fine Flour, & 50 Cents for Extra or S.fine—Richmd Inspection—We will deliver the Flour into the Boats free of expence” (MS in ViU: TJP-ER; written on a scrap by a representative of the firm; undated; endorsed by TJ: “Mitchell Messrs terms of grinding—Aug. 1812”).

Index Entries

  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; witnesses agreement search
  • Mitchell, William & Reuben (Lynchburg firm); agreements with search
  • Mitchell, William & Reuben (Lynchburg firm); TJ’s transactions with search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Tompkins, Alexander; clerk for W. & R. Mitchell search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search