Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Youen Carden, 20 August 1813

To Youen Carden

Monticello Aug. 20. 13.


I did not know till yesterday that mr Randolph intended to give up the lease of my toll-mill. I shall now be glad to employ you there upon our former terms. I shall be glad to know by the return of the bearer whether you will engage to come. if you say so, this letter binds it on my part. I am to set out for Bedford in a day or two & shall be absent about three weeks, and on my return I will send to you, as I expect you will be wanting about that time. Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi); addressed: “Mr Yewen Carden.” PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

Carden, who had worked at TJ’s toll mill from 1808 to 1811, returned to his employ on 12 Sept. 1813 at his former salary of $40 a year (TJ’s Agreement with Carden, 29 Nov. 1809; TJ’s Account with Randolph & McKinney, [ca. 10 June 1812]; TJ’s Account with Carden, 26 Dec. 1814–14 June 1824).

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