Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Flood, 8 September 1813

To Henry Flood

Poplar Forest Sep. 8. 13.

Dear Sir

I am very much indebted to you for helping my cart on with the loan of a wheel. my people set out this morning and I hope will return it safe. but I must beg the additional favor of you to have their broken one repaired. I think there is a wheelwright at your neighbor Swiney’s. in the mean time they will have to ask quarters of you. according to present appearances I think I can get away on Saturday morning, ask a dinner of you, and a bed at mr Noah Flood’s. accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Majr Henry Flood”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ actually left Poplar Forest on Sunday, 12 Sept. 1813, not saturday. He dined at Henry Flood’s tavern, where he settled an earlier account and paid $9.62½ “for having cart wheels mended” before traveling on to noah flood’s establishment (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 , 2:1293).

Index Entries

  • Buckingham County, Va.; Flood’s ordinary search
  • Flood, Henry; and TJ’s cart wheels search
  • Flood, Henry; letters to search
  • Flood’s ordinary (Buckingham Co.; proprietor Henry Flood) search
  • Flood’s ordinary (Buckingham Co.; proprietor Noah Flood) search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Swiney, Mr. search