Thomas Jefferson Papers

Account with William Steptoe, 22 September 1815

Account with William Steptoe

1815  Thos Jefferson Esquire to Will: Steptoe— Dr
To ballance per acct render’d—
Jany 21 st  To Visit & Prescription Scriptm to 3 negroes £0: 17: 0
Emplastrum Epispasticum 5:
27 th Visit to Edy 8/— Rad. Polygola Seneka 11: 0.
Prescription Scriptum 6 
Feby 20 th 〃 Visit & Prescriptn Verbl for Aggy’s child 12: 6
26 th Do to negroe child in the night. &c 15:
Apl— Prescriptions script to Maria & a negroe man } 12: 0
£3: 18: 61
By shop acctt
By 8 bushells wheat  £2:2 8:0
By Cash—$5:  1:10:03
  £  s  d
Balance of acct of 1813. 1814. 6–16–10
amount of acct for 1815. as within  3–18– 6
35.89 =  10. 15.  4
  Sep. 22. 15. pd by order on A. Robertson

MS (ViU: TJP-MJ); undated section in Steptoe’s hand, with concluding line in TJ’s hand; written on both sides of a single sheet.

scriptm: “written.” An emplastrum epispasticum is a blistering plaster (Nicholas Culpeper, Culpeper’s Complete Herbal [London, 1816], 371; James Rennie, A New Supplement to the latest Pharmacopœias, 4th ed. [1837], 136). rad. polygola seneka is the root of Polygala senega, commonly Seneca snakeroot (Hortus Third description begins Liberty Hyde Bailey, Ethel Zoe Bailey, and the staff of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium, Cornell University, Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada, 1976 description ends , 894). aggy’s child was Sally Goodman. The figure of £6–16–10 was carried over from TJ’s Account with Steptoe, 1 June 1814. On sep. 22. 15. TJ recorded payment of $35.89 to Steptoe for “Medical services after deducting smith’s acct.” (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 , 2:1314).

1Recto ends here.

2Reworked from “1.”

3Remainder in TJ’s hand.

Index Entries

  • Aggy (TJ’s slave; b.1789; daughter of Dinah); family of search
  • Edy (Eday, Eady) (TJ’s slave); health of search
  • Goodman, Sally (TJ’s slave; b.1812); health of search
  • health; of slaves search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with W. Steptoe search
  • Maria (TJ’s slave); medical care of search
  • medicine; plasters search
  • plasters (medicinal) search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); medical care at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Robertson, Archibald; agent for TJ search
  • Seneca snakeroot (Polygala senega) search
  • slaves; health of search
  • Steptoe, William; account with TJ search
  • Steptoe, William; as doctor search
  • wheat; as payment for debts search