Thomas Jefferson Papers

Daniel F. Carr to Thomas Jefferson, 29 August 1814

From Daniel F. Carr

Charlottesville 29h Aut 14

Dr sir

Necessity compels me to call on you, for money at this time I am here on my way to Richmond with out any, and there is none to be had in town. If you can furnish me with any it will be particularly acceptable. You can send it by the boy and I will leave a Rect for the same with any person you’ll name

Yrs Resptl.

Danl F. Carr

RC (ViU: TJP-CC); dateline beneath signature; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Eqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Aug. 1814 and so recorded in SJL; with TJ’s incorrectly dated notation at foot of text: “Dec. [Aug.] 29. 14. gave ord. on Gibson & Jeff. for 50.D. on acct.”

Daniel Ferrell Carr (1786–1847), the son of Garland Carr and brother of Frank Carr, succeeded his father at Bentivar, the family estate in Albemarle County. Carr later owned a house in Charlottesville designed and constructed about 1830 by one of TJ’s master builders. Carr was an early member of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle, served as a director, secretary, and treasurer of the Rivanna Company, and was a subscriber for Central College (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893–  description ends 3 [1895]: 208–10; True, “Agricultural Society,” description begins Rodney H. True, “Minute Book of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle,” Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1918 (1921), 1:261–349 description ends 26; Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1953 (in two separately paginated sections; unless otherwise specified, references are to the second section) description ends , 515; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 161, 403; Lay, Architecture description begins K. Edward Lay, The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, 2000 description ends , 105, 106; ViU: Rivanna Navigation Company, Directors’ Minutes, 1828–51; Cabell, University of Virginia description begins Nathaniel F. Cabell, ed., Early History of the University of Virginia as contained in the letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, 1856 description ends , 404; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 18:123–4).

TJ noted in his financial records under 1 and 7 Aug. 1814 that after a $50 payment on the earlier date, he owed Carr money totaling $192, plus interest, for sixty-four barrels of corn. TJ satisfied this obligation with the $50 payment noted above and a further payment of $109.56 on 8 Jan. 1815. Later, on 15 Jan. 1817 TJ indicated that he had “Delivered 555.D. to E. Bacon to pay D. F. Carr for 111. barrels of corn” (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 , 2:1301, 1302, 1306, 1330; TJ to Carr, 29 Aug. 1814).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; mentioned search
  • Carr, Daniel Ferrell; account with TJ search
  • Carr, Daniel Ferrell; identified search
  • Carr, Daniel Ferrell; letters from search
  • corn; TJ buys search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with D. F. Carr search