Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Robertson, 21 June 1814

To Archibald Robertson

Poplar Forest June 21. 14.

Dear Sir

My flour of the last year being still unsold, I have said nothing to you yet on the subject of a payment out of it. but I have desired mr Gibson not to keep it on hand after the last of this month, but to take whatever he can then get for it. what that will be I know not: tho’ probably but little, and the drought of the last summer reduced the quantity one half. the same cause having destroyed our corn in Albemarle almost totally, I had to buy bread there for nearly the year’s subsistence. so that on the whole it has been the most calamitous year I have experienced since the year 1755. and will afflictingly abridge my means of making paiments this year. what I can do towards my account with you shall be done. a single year of midling produce & price would relieve me from the necessity of further delays; and I cannot but hope that either peace or neutral commerce will enable us to make something of the growing crop. to double my chance, I am aiming at a considerable crop of tobacco. I pray you to accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP); at foot of text: “Mr Archibald Robinson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Archibald Robertson and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • corn; at Monticello search
  • corn; effect of weather on search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with A. Robertson search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); corn crop at search
  • Robertson, Archibald; account with TJ search
  • Robertson, Archibald; letters to search
  • tobacco; as cash crop search
  • weather; effect on crops search