Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Carr, 29 August 1814

To Samuel Carr

Monticello Aug. 29. 14.

Dear Sir

Roland Goodman who has lived with me as a carpenter since January last, informs me he is a member of your company, now called into service, and desires me to inform you of the state of his health. in May last he broke a blood vessel, in the lungs as was supposed, and voided a vast quantity of blood from it by the mouth, insomuch that he was long in imminent danger of dying, & was under the care of Dr Carr. after about a month (I believe) he got so that he could work a little, but had several relapses afterwards, was taken with a cough, and is (as I verily believe, altho I have avoided saying so to him) in a consumption. his hectic cough, paleness, emaciated body, & reduced strength will make it visible to you. he works on light things, but cannot do half work in that way, nor any thing at all requiring strength—and I doubt if he could ride to Richmond. I am satisfied if he is exposed to get wet & should catch cold it will fix the disease of his lungs & end in his certain death. I should be the last man to propose excusing a single person from service at this moment if he were able to perform it. every member of my own family has gone with my entire approbation. but this man is really unable and will only add one to your sicklist from the start, & to that of the dead in a very short time. health & victory attend you.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP-CC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Capt Saml Carr”; endorsed by TJ.

On 23 Aug. 1813 TJ recorded his agreement that Rolin goodman would “serve me as a Carpenter for a year, for which I give him 250.D. and 20. Barrels of corn for which he is to allow me 3.D. a barrel: in other words I give him 190.D. and 20. barr. corn. He finds himself all other provisions.” Goodman remained in TJ’s service until 1817 (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 , esp. 2:1292, 1339; Conveyance of Slave to Jeremiah A. Goodman, 30 Nov. 1815).

Index Entries

  • Carr, Frank; as physician search
  • Carr, Samuel (TJ’s nephew); and Albemarle cavalry search
  • Carr, Samuel (TJ’s nephew); letters to search
  • Goodman, Rolin; carpenter for TJ search
  • Goodman, Rolin; health of search
  • Goodman, Rolin; identified search
  • health; cough search
  • militia; organization of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); carpentry supervisors at search