Thomas Jefferson Papers

Valentine W. Southall to Thomas Jefferson, 18 June 1817

From Valentine W. Southall

Charlottesville, June 18. 17.

V W southall encloses Mr Jefferson $100—the amount advanced is $910, exclusive of $250 for which Mr J. has already draughted. Should Mr J. contemplate an abscence from Albemarle beyond the 10th or 11th of July, VWs. would beg a draught before he starts—otherwise, it will answer after he returns—wishing him a pleasant trip, VWs. begs him to accept the assurance of his respect & esteem.

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ: “Southall Valentine W.”

Between 8 May 1817 and this date TJ borrowed $910 from Southall to cover various plantation expenses. On 27 June, before his departure for Poplar Forest, TJ obtained a further $80 from him in cash, and he repaid Southall for the entire sum on that date with a draft on Gibson & Jefferson for $990. On 7 Apr. 1817 TJ had borrowed $250, for which he reimbursed Southall by a draft on Gibson & Jefferson on 15 Apr. (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 , 2:1331–5).

Index Entries

  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to V. W. Southall search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Southall, Valentine Wood; letters from search
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