Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah A. Goodman, 5 March 1813

To Jeremiah A. Goodman

Mar. 5. 13.

Dear Sir

I avail myself of the few minutes mr Burwell stops here, to drop you a line by him. on reciept of your information that the flour would all go down the ensuing week, I wrote to mr Gibson the moment any tolerable price could be got, to sell as much as would enable him to remit you 250.D. which I expect he has done by this time. this will enable you to pay the debts of which you gave me a note—to wit.

Noel. for plank.  4–18–7
Scott. for do 19–
Brown a horse 19–10–
Whitton steers 13–10
Clark lime 15–
your own advances  6–3–5
balance for cotton  6–18

Maria is becoming a capital spinner. she does her ounce & a half a day per spindle2 on a 12. spindle machine & will soon get to 2. ounces which is a reasonable task. she learnt from a girle younger than herself, in 4. or 5. days. this shews it to be so easy that it will not be necessary for Aggy3 to come down, as she can learn from Maria. of Sally we can make nothing at all. I never saw so hopeless a subject. she seems neither to have the inclination nor the understanding to learn. she is now weaving one yard a day with the flying shuttle and of such stuff as will not be worth giving to children. I have given her notice that she shall have some days trial more, and if there be no improvement, she must cease to spoil more cloth and go out to work with the overseer until I send up Maria & the 2. machines for Maria & Aggey, which will be in April, and she must then change places with the most promising of those you have4 in the ground. still it is possible she may come to for much is owing to the distraction of mind5 which the courses she has taken to have occasion. in making your spinning house let the door be 4f. 6.I. wide in the clear to let in the machine of 24. spindles. Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Goodman”; endorsed by TJ.

1The correct figure is “85–.”

2Preceding two words interlined.

3Word interlined in place of “Hanah.”

4Preceding two words interlined.

5Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Aggy (TJ’s slave; b.1789; daughter of Dinah); weaver search
  • Brown, Lewis; sells horse to TJ search
  • building materials; plank search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; visits Monticello search
  • Clark, Mr.; and lime for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; letters to search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; Poplar Forest overseer search
  • horses; TJ purchases search
  • Hubbard, Sally (TJ’s slave; b.1797); spinner search
  • lime (mineral); at Poplar Forest search
  • Maria (TJ’s slave; b.1798); spinner search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Burwell, William A. search
  • Noel, Mr. search
  • overseers; at Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; plantation management by search
  • Scott, Mr.; and plank for TJ search
  • slaves; and textile manufacturing search
  • Whitton, Mr. search
  • wood; plank search