Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Miller to Thomas Jefferson, 6 December 1816

From Joseph Miller

Norfolk Decr 6–1816—

Honored Frind

I this day have Shiped on Board the Schr Resolution Capt Cole a Small Bale of Corks which I hope will Come Safe to hand I am a Fraid you will think me Neglectfull in So Long Delay but Coold not Please myselfe heare I Sent to New york for them I hope thay Will Please

I woold have been up Before now but Owing to a Scever Pain in my Ancless not Able to Walk for 8 weeks

Times heare is Very Dull all that is Dowing of Momment is Lumber to the West Indes but in hopes the Spring will Bring Better Times—I intend Coming up as Soone as yeare Turns—I Remain in the Same way not Able to Sell Eaney Part for one halfe its Value

I Conclude with my Evere Esteme To you and all the Famuly

Joseph Miller

my Respts to Old Peter

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Dec. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Wood, 14 Apr. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello Milton Albemarl Cty”; franked; postmarked Norfolk, 6 Dec.

old peter: Peter Hemmings.

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • building materials; lumber search
  • Coles, Leonard; captain ofResolution search
  • corks; sent to TJ search
  • Hemmings, Peter (TJ’s slave; b.1770); greetings to search
  • household articles; corks search
  • lumber; export of search
  • Miller, Joseph; and corks for TJ search
  • Miller, Joseph; and Norfolk property search
  • Miller, Joseph; health of search
  • Miller, Joseph; letters from search
  • Miller, Joseph; plans to visit TJ search
  • Miller, Joseph; sends greetings to P. Hemmings search
  • Norfolk, Va.; economy of search
  • Resolution (schooner) search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • West Indies; lumber shipped to search