Thomas Jefferson Papers

Extract from Minutes of the Directors of the Rivanna Company, 8 January 1811, document 4 in in a group of documents on Jefferson’s Lawsuit against the Rivanna Company, 9 February 1817

IV. Extract from Minutes of the Directors of the Rivanna Company

At a meeting of the Directors of the Rivanna company at Charlottesville on Tuesday 8th of January 1811. present William D. Meriwether, Nimrod Branham, Dabney Minor and John Kelly.

Upon further consideration the Directors resolve to carry the navigation thro the bed of the river, and not through mr Jefferson’s millrace, as was first contemplated, and they are still unanimously of opinion that mr Jefferson should build and maintain the lock which will be necessary at his dam.   Ordered that the Secretary do acquaint him therewith, and, if he still dissents from the opinion of the Directors, propose to submit the decision of the question to such gentlemen of the bench or bar as may be agreed on, in order to avoid the delay, and other disagreeable consequences incident to a legal controversy. Extract from the minutes. test. P. Minor. Secy

Tr (TxDaHCL: JDRC); with covering letter subjoined; entirely in TJ’s hand; at head of text: “No 7.” Enclosed in the following document.

Index Entries

  • Bramham, Nimrod; and Rivanna Company search
  • Meriwether, William Douglas; and Rivanna Company search
  • Minor, Dabney; and Rivanna Company search
  • Minor, Peter; and Rivanna Company search
  • Rivanna Company; directors of search
  • Rivanna Company; Extracts from Minutes of the Directors of search
  • Rivanna River; navigation of search
  • Shadwell mills; and Rivanna Company search