Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Robertson, 27 August 1813

To Archibald Robertson

Poplar Forest Aug. 27. 13.

Dear Sir

I inclose you an order on Messrs Gibson & Jefferson for 600.D. I had hoped to have done more & sooner: but unfortunately no part of my crop of flour got to market until the blockade commenced, and after keeping it on hand1 in hopes of some reasonable price, until there was danger of it’s spoiling I have been obliged at last to sell, getting for the greater part of it 4.D. only, which after paying for the grinding & transportation neats me 47. cents the bushel for my wheat. in addition to the loss of last year’s labor, the prospect of the current one is worse. in Albemarle the drought has been such that I literally make nothing; the ground having never been even moistened since the 27th of May. I am glad to find it something better, tho’ not very well here. I will thank you to send me by the bearer the articles below mentioned. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

 2. loaves white sugar.
20. ℔ brown do
 2. ℔ tea.
 2. or 3. galls molasses
 a clamp for a dry rubbing brush

PoC (ViU: TJP); adjacent to signature: “Mr Robertson”; postscript added in a different ink; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Brown & Robertson and so recorded in SJL.

The enclosed order has not been found, but TJ noted the transaction the following day (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 , 2:1292). neats: an obsolete form of “nets” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

1TJ here canceled “long.”

Index Entries

  • Chesapeake Bay; British blockade of search
  • flour; sale of search
  • food; molasses search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • groceries; purchased by TJ search
  • household articles; brushes search
  • molasses; provided to TJ search
  • Robertson, Archibald; letters to search
  • Robertson, Archibald; TJ orders groceries from search
  • Robertson, Archibald; TJ pays search
  • sugar; brown search
  • sugar; loaf search
  • tea; for Poplar Forest search
  • weather; drought search