Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah A. Goodman, 4 October 1814

To Jeremiah A. Goodman

Monticello Oct. 4. 14.

Dear Sir

I wrote you Sep. 27. since that your brother has been taken ill, and is in such a situation in point of health as to render it certain he cannot go to Bedford. consequently the job of covering the offices must lie over till the spring. my affairs here too are such as to render the time of my being with you extremely uncertain. with the hope always of going in 10. days or a fortnight, I am still totally unable to say when I can come. in the mean time I hope your letter is on the way informing me of the amount of my taxes, in order that I may send the sheriff a draught for it, and at the same time write to mr Gibson directly to pay it on application, should the sheriff go before my draught gets to you. Another most important object is the getting in the crop of wheat at both places. 4. ploughs at the least at each place should be running from this time, to get it in by the middle of November. whatever then is wanting, with the horses remaining and oxen, must be bought. let the horses you buy be good able horses. stout chunky built are the most serviceable, large enough for the waggon, & let them be tolerably young. obtain credit till May that I may have full time to sell my crop. lose not a moment in procuring them so as to have all the ploughs agoing. I shall be with you the moment it is in my power; but put off nothing for that, the time is so uncertain. accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, ser. 9); addressed: “Mr Jeremiah A. Goodman Poplar Forest near Lynchburg”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 7 Oct.

TJ’s letter to Goodman of sep. 27 is recorded in SJL but has not been found. both places: TJ’s Bear Creek and Tomahawk plantations at Poplar Forest.

Missing letters from Goodman of 18 July, 1 Aug., and 20 Sept. 1814 are recorded in SJL as received from Poplar Forest on 22 July, 10 Aug., and 26 Sept. 1814, respectively.

Index Entries

  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; as Poplar Forest overseer search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; letters from accounted for search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; letters to search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; letters to accounted for search
  • Goodman, Rolin; health of search
  • horses; at Poplar Forest search
  • livestock; at Poplar Forest search
  • livestock; oxen search
  • overseers; TJ’s instructions to search
  • oxen; used in agriculture search
  • plows; used in agriculture search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); builders at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); horses at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); livestock at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; TJ’s instructions to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); taxes on search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wing of offices at search
  • taxes; collection of search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search