Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Poplar Forest Survey, 9 December 1817

IV. Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Poplar Forest Survey

1817. Dec. 9. Begg in the S. 50. E. line at 12½ po. from the fore & aft. white oak, and 111½ po. from the corner near the N. London road.
N. 70. E. at 54. po. the spring is 1. po. on N. side; at 68. po. his corner in the field as supposd in all 110.88 po. to supposed of P.F.1
S. 38 E. 5.36 po. to red oak in the path marked as side line
{ sa. co. 19½ po. to chesnut marked as side line.
sa. co. 145. po. to Callaway’s road in which the corner is conjectd at 2. stones
    Note from where my road forks out of Callaw’s these 2. stones are S. 70. E. 100. po.
    from the same 2. stones it is S. 70. E. 31. po. to my white o. on the road
then running from the 2. stone N. 89½ W. 132.68 po. to the post oak fore & aft which is near the termination of my line which runs S. 50. E. 122. po.

then beginng at the supposed in Cobb’s field in the N. 70. E. line at 68. po.
S. 40. E. 64. po. to his supposd corner [within 6. po. more is my road]
S. 24. W. 23½ to Callaw’s road [at 17. po. from my fork]
2 S. 30. W. 36. po. to same post oak fore & aft before measured to.

Note we run separately from my fork
N. 73. W. 69.12 po. } along the road.
N. 50. W. [crossing the N. London path at 2. po] in all 49.36 po
then leaving it S. 70 E. 3½ po. to white oak stump noted in yester-day’s3 work.
then N. 50. W. 10. po. to the Begg described above in the 1st line of this page. here we made a pile of stones

MS (ViU: TJP, TB [Thurlow-Berkeley] no. 1136 [532m–6]); in TJ’s hand; brackets in original; check marks in pencil; with apparently unrelated calculations by TJ and note (trimmed) in an unidentified hand on verso: “Mr Antrim says [. . .] for him to be at m[. . .] or Thursday next.”

n. london: New London. sa. co.: same course.

1TJ here canceled “made pile of stones.”

2TJ struck through each check mark to this point with an additional diagonal line in pencil.

3Reworked from “a former day’s.”

Index Entries

  • Callaway, Richard; and survey of Poplar Forest search
  • 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