Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Higginbotham, 26 May 1817

To David Higginbotham

Monticello May 26. 17.

Dear Sir

Yours of the 20th is recieved. I had never thought of selling my lots in Beverly town, but to pay a debt, I will do it, on terms rigorously just, that is to say, for first cost and compound interest on it to this day; rating interest at 5. p.c. till 1797. when it was raised by law, and at 6. p.c. for the then amount to the present day. mine are the lots No 57. 107. 108. and 151. they are generally 215. f 10 I square, but 151. is the ferry lot and extends on the river 431 f–8. I it’s depth from the bank being small. my father paid for each of them June 5. 1751. a doubloon or 4–61 equal to 14⅓ Dollars. the titles to all these lots depend I believe on an authenticated plan of the town, with the names of the proprietors written in their respective lots, now in my possession. I have heard that the record of it was destroyed by the British while in possession of Richmond. the present amount of the prices of the lots to be paid by a credit in your account against me.

The destruction of the wheat in this neighborhood by the fly is entirely unparalleled. Burnley says that some of yours will lose only one third, other parts of it two thirds, & one the whole. you will make about half a crop. this is about the expectation as to mine. but much depends on the weather. we have just had a fine rain, which has cleared up warm. if good growing weather continues it will help us much. I salute you with friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Edwin Stark to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Higginbotham”; endorsed by TJ.

1 is a symbol for “lira.”

Index Entries

  • Burnley, Mr.; agricultural report by search
  • Hessian fly search
  • Higginbotham, David; and TJ’s Westham lots search
  • Higginbotham, David; crops of search
  • Higginbotham, David; letters to search
  • Higginbotham, David; TJ’s debt to search
  • interest; rate limits in Va. search
  • Jefferson, Peter (TJ’s father); and Westham land search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to D. Higginbotham search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sale of Westham lots proposed search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); wheat crop at search
  • Richmond, Va.; British destroy public records in search
  • weather; effect on crops search
  • Westham, Va.; plan and survey of search
  • Westham, Va.; TJ’s lots in search
  • wheat; as crop search