Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel McDowell Reid, 13 October 1817

To Samuel McDowell Reid

Monticello Oct. 13. 17.


I thank you for your kindness in sending me the reciept for the taxes of my land at the Natural bridge, and now according to the request of Patrick Henry, I beg leave to inclose for him, thro’ your channel, a copy of the plat of the land and extracts from the patent describing the lines. I should propose to have the land surveyed when I shall be there in September next (when I shall pass some days there) but that I suppose the leaves at that season will not admit of it. I would be glad therefore it should be surveyed this winter, & Patrick will be able to shew me the lines. I will answer for the surveyer’s fee as soon as notified to me. with my apologies & thanks for the trouble given you accept the assurance of my esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from the Seventy-Six Association to TJ, either that of 15 July 1817 or an otherwise unknown accompanying letter of the same date; at foot of text: “Mr Samuel M.D. Reid”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found, but for TJ’s full 5 July 1774 patent for Natural Bridge, see Vi: RG 4, Virginia Land Office Patent Book, 42:657–8.

Index Entries

  • Henry, Patrick (of Rockbridge Co.); and survey of Natural Bridge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; pays taxes search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Natural Bridge search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; survey of search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; taxes on search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; TJ visits search
  • Reid, Samuel McDowell; and Natural Bridge search
  • Reid, Samuel McDowell; letter to search
  • Rockbridge County, Va.; taxes in search
  • taxes; TJ pays search