Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Account with George Cabell, [ca. 21 March 1816]

Account with George Cabell

[ca. 21 Mar. 1816]

Thos Jefferson Esqr
1816 To Geo Cabell Dr
March 4. To Cash per J Hallcombe
for 60 lbs Bacon @ 20 Cts $12
2 Bushels Corn 2. 50
To Carriage 7 Hhds Tobo 9763 @ 3/– 48. 81
21. To Carriage of 3 Hhds 4119. @ 2/– 13. 73
26 lbs Bacon 5. 20
1. Bushel Corn 1. 25
83. 49

MS (ViU: TJP-ER); written in Cabell’s hand on a scrap; undated; endorsed by TJ: “Cabell Dr George”; with an unrelated 1812 account in Cabell’s hand on verso.

George Cabell (1766–1823), physician and surgeon, attended Hampden-Sydney College and in 1790 received a medical degree from the University of the State of Pennsylvania (later the University of Pennsylvania). He established a medical practice in the vicinity of Lynchburg and cared for Patrick Henry during the latter’s final illness. Cabell also maintained a fleet of bateaux that he employed in transporting tobacco on the James River. In 1805 the Virginia General Assembly authorized him to construct a public tobacco warehouse, known as Blackwater, on his property at the junction of the Blackwater and James rivers in Campbell County, near Lynchburg. Cabell’s business venture prospered and enabled him to construct a mansion he named Point of Honor (Alexander Brown, The Cabells and their Kin, 2d ed., rev. [1939; repr. 1994], 262–4; Catalogue of the Medical Graduates of the University of Pennsylvania [1839], 15; Chambers, Poplar Forest description begins S. Allen Chambers, Poplar Forest & Thomas Jefferson, 1993 description ends , 99, 100; William Wirt Henry, Patrick Henry: Life, Correspondence and Speeches [1891], 2:624–6; Acts of Assembly description begins Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia (cited by session; title varies over time) description ends [1805–06 sess.], 7–8; Lynchburg Hustings and Corporation Court Will Book, A:36–7).

j hallcombe: John Holcombe, of Campbell County.

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  • Cabell, George; transacts business with TJ search
  • corn; TJ buys search
  • food; bacon search
  • Holcombe, John; payment to search
  • tobacco; in Lynchburg market search
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