Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Richard Fitzhugh, 27 May 1813

To Richard Fitzhugh

Monticello May 27. 13

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 9th has been safely recieved, together with the packet of Ravensworth peas. these are now in the ground, & will abundantly supply me with seed for the next year. I will not therefore give to yourself or mr Eppes the trouble of adding to my supply.

I cannot promise myself ever taking a journey so far Northwardly again, but were it to happen, I should certainly take your friendly mansion and family in my way. I am now more happily employed than in travelling post, and am particularly engaged in those pursuits in which mrs Fitzhugh and yourself have been ever eminent; I mean in domestic manufactures. we have in our family (including my daughter’s) three spinning Jennies agoing, of 24. & 40. spindles each which can spin 11. pounds of coarse cotton a day, and our looms fixed with flying shuttles, which altho’ they do not perform the miracles ascribed to them, do, I think, double the effect of the common loom. we still want carding machines in our neighborhood working at such moderate prices as to relieve us from hand-carding. with this convenience, the clothing our family would be a thing really of neither trouble nor expence. even without this additional aid, the labour is a very light one.

Be so good as to present me affectionately & respectfully to mrs Fitzhugh, and to accept yourself the assurances of my constant esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Richard Fitzhugh esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ planted the packet of ravensworth peas on 22 May 1813 (Betts, Garden Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book, 1766–1824, 1944 description ends , 496).

Index Entries

  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and R. Fitzhugh search
  • Fitzhugh, Richard; and J. W. Eppes search
  • Fitzhugh, Richard; and Ravensworth peas search
  • Fitzhugh, Richard; letters to search
  • Fitzhugh, Susannah Meade (Richard Fitzhugh’s wife); and domestic manufactures search
  • Fitzhugh, Susannah Meade (Richard Fitzhugh’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • food; peas search
  • looms search
  • machines; carding search
  • machines; flying shuttle search
  • machines; loom search
  • machines; spinning jenny search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); domestic manufacturing at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); peas grown at search
  • peas; Ravensworth search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); and domestic manufactures search