Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson: Agreement with Jeremiah A. Goodman, 30 July 1817

Agreement with Jeremiah A. Goodman

Having at the date of a settlement of Nov. 30. 1815. with Jeremiah A. Goodman sold to him a negro girl called Sally for the sum of 150. Dollars, for which sum I was then allowed a credit in account; it is now agreed with the sd Jeremiah that that sale shall be annulled; that the said negro girl Sally shall now become my property, and that I shall repay to him the said sum of 150.D. with interest thereon from the sd 30th of November 1815. until repaid; and also that I shall repay him the sum of fifteen Dollars allowed me in account on the 16th day of December 1816. for subsistence for the sd girl with interest thereon from the sd 16th of Dec. 1816. until payment and that these payments of the sd sums of 150.D. & of 15.D. with their respective interests shall be made in the month of May eighteen hundred and nineteen. Witness my hand this 30th day of July 1817.

Th: Jefferson

I agree to the above and have delivered up the deed for the negro girl who has always been in the possession of the sd Thomas.

Jeremiah A Goodman

MS (NNGL, on deposit NHi); in TJ’s hand, signed by TJ and Goodman; endorsed by TJ: “Goodman Jeremiah A. 1817. July 30.”; with notation on verso in Goodman’s hand, signed by Goodman and witnessed by Benjamin Whaler: “September the tenth day 1817 I Assign the benefit of the within to John L Oneal”; followed by three notations in unidentified hands, the first signed by O’Neal and witnessed by Michael Johnson: “1817 Decr 18th I assign the within to Wayt & Winn value recd,” the second signed by Twyman Wayt: “1821 March 5th Recd Draft on Bernard Peyton for the within,” and the third reading: “Thos Jeffersons note $1.”

The account of the 16th day of december 1816, not found, was presumably enclosed in Goodman’s missing letter to TJ of 15 Dec. 1816, accounted for above at TJ to Joel Yancey, 21 Dec. 1816. On 5 Mar. 1821 TJ settled this debt by giving Twyman Wayt, the ultimate assignee, a draft on Bernard Peyton for $219.72 (TJ to Peyton, 4 Mar. 1821; 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 , 2:1372). The deed for the sale of Sally Goodman has not been found.

Index Entries

  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; agreement with TJ search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; purchases slave from TJ search
  • Goodman, Sally (TJ’s slave; b.1812); sold by TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; Agreement with Jeremiah A. Goodman search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; buys and sells slaves search
  • Johnson, Michael; witnesses document search
  • O’Neal, John L.; as assignee search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • slaves; TJ sells search
  • Wayt, Twyman; as assignee search
  • Wayt & Winn (Charlottesville firm); as assignee search
  • Whaler, Benjamin; witnesses document search