Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John G. Gamble, 10 August 1813

To John G. Gamble

Monticello Aug. 10. 13.


When I conveyed to mr Higginbotham the lot which is the subject of your letter of July 20. I delivered to him all the documents I possessed relative to it. among these were two statements by James Buchanan describing the shape, position & boundaries of the lot. this was the only evidence I possessed of these circumstances; but James Buchanan was considered then as the oracle of the place as to it’s lots. it was on information from him that I purchased, and no other evidence of what I bought, except the deed from mr Carter. the rough draught of this which I retained, I also gave to mr Higginbotham. you will observe by inspection of it, that it had been prepared as a fair one, for execution. but containing a general warranty mr Carter objected to it. the erasures & alterations visible on it, were then made, it was fairly copied, executed & acknoleged by him in Henrico court, where, if it is not now to be found it must have been among the papers destroyed by the British when in possession of Richmond. I am sorry it is not in my power to give you any other information on this subject, and tender you the assurance of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr John G. Gamble”; endorsed by TJ.

In his papers TJ retained a copy of an extract he had made of Charles Carter of Shirley’s 1777 deed for the lot in Richmond, including the specification that the property line on the northwest was bounded “on the Common laid off as a road from Shockoe warehouse to the wharf and is 39 yards long.” The extract also contains a plat giving the length of each side of the tract, the names of two neighbors, and the lot’s proximity to the James River (PrC of Tr in CSmH: JF; in TJ’s hand; undated, but filed at 27 Dec. 1773; see also 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 , 1:453–4). A general warranty guarantees a property against the claims of all other persons (Black’s Law Dictionary description begins Bryan A. Garner and others, eds., Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th ed., 1999 description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Buchanan, James; and TJ’s Richmond lot search
  • Carter, Charles search
  • Gamble, John Grattan; letters to search
  • Gamble, John Grattan; Richmond lot sold to search
  • Higginbotham, David; purchases Richmond lot from TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells Richmond lot search
  • Richmond, Va.; British destroy public records in search
  • Richmond, Va.; TJ’s lot in search