Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Poplar Forest Survey, 6 December 1817

III. Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Poplar Forest Survey

Begg at the over New London road.
S. 52. E. S. 40. E. S. 50 E. 99. po to fore & aft.2
S. 50. E. 22¼ to w.o. stump in ye field near yard
N. 75. E. 68. po. thro his field. or 66?
from end of ye last line spring bears N. 64. W. 26.43 to a large poplar believd at former spring.
N. 75. E 115. po. or 113?
N. 20. E. 9. to large chesnut marked side line
thence N. 38. W. 19.56 to a b.o. side line on path
N. 38. W. 23. po. to very suspicious pointers4 10.f to left
then going back to Chesnut marked side line.
S. 38. E 145. po. to road.
then up the road   100. po. to my fork

MS (ViU: TJP, TB [Thurlow-Berkeley] no. 1136 [532m–3]); written entirely in TJ’s hand on a small scrap; with possibly related calculations by TJ on verso: “

5 .36
17 .64

w.o.: white oak. b.o.: black oak.

1Dateline added at head of text.

2Preceding three words interlined in place of “w.o. stump in Cobb’s field near his yard.”

3Last digit interlined.

4Remainder of line interlined.

Index Entries

  • Cobbs, William; and survey of Poplar Forest boundaries search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Notes on Poplar Forest Survey search
  • New London, Va.; road from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); roads search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); surveys of search
  • roads; at Poplar Forest search
  • surveying; and Poplar Forest boundaries search