Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Mr. Brand, 12 June 1815

To Mr. Brand

Monticello June 12. 15.


The bearer comes for 2. flour barrels of lime. the unslacked would be preferred if you have any.

The late mr Bran had a note of mine for a sum of money which I am ready to pay by an order on Richmond: and if wanting in the course of the year I would prefer it’s being called for immediately, the season for selling one’s crop being the only convenient one for making payments of any size. if the purposes of the family would be better answered by letting it lie in my hands a year longer, it shall1 be as best suits them, it being perfectly indifferent to me to pay it now or then. but it would be necessary to inform me that I might not keep it lying idle. Accept my best wishes & respects for the family & yourself

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Bran”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Bran mr” and so recorded in SJL.

Unslaked (unslacked) lime has not been hydrated (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

During the preceding twenty years TJ had occasionally bought lime and various agricultural products from Joseph Brand (the late mr bran), an Albemarle County landowner with nine sons. On 4 Nov. 1811 TJ gave the elder Brand a note for $339.60, which covered some of these purchases and the acquisition for $150 of Brand’s share in the Milton warehouses situated near the Rivanna River. TJ had yet to settle this debt with Brand’s executors in March 1823 (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 149; Mabel Thacher Rosemary Washburn, The Virginia Brand-Meriwether Genealogy [1948], 8–11, 25–6; MB, esp. 2:1256, 1270, 1286, 1393–4; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 37 vols. description ends , 32:401–2; Craven and Jane Peyton’s Conveyance of the Henderson Lands, 22 Aug. 1809; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 5:337–40, 6:62–3).

1Manuscript: “shell.”

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  • Henderson case; and J. Brand search
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