Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on a Meeting with Thomas Whittington, 16 December 1817

VIII. Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on a Meeting with Thomas Whittington

Dec. 16. Thos Whittington, well acquainted with the lines, attends and searches them with us whereupon the following material corrections & discoveries are made.

the supposed corner beyond the N. Lond. road from which we begun the S. 50. E. line is not our corner nor in our course. he shews a plain marked tree in the course much further beyond the N.L. road and says the corner is farther still; but we could not find it.

he shews that1 what we have called the f. & a. w.o. was a corner tree.2

between the white oak & the old3 spring we find no line tree, but the great poplar is a plain marked side line which throws it into Cobb’s line. he says Cobb told him the spring was originally just below the poplar, and that he dug upwards till he drew it on his side of the line, & the digging is plain

from the spring passing thro Cobb’s field towards the red oak, on Cobb’s path & near the Western gate he shews 2. plain side line trees.

the r.o. he affirms to be one of the pointers in the path which constituted that corner, & he shews a little hiccory sapling which he marked with 3. chops with his knife on a former occasion.

MS (ViU: TJP, TB [Thurlow-Berkeley] no. 1136 [532m–1]); entirely in TJ’s hand; partially dated; subjoined to preceding document.

n. lond.: New London. f. & a.: fore and aft.

1Preceding two words interlined in place of “supposes.”

2TJ here canceled (several words illegible) “and there is [. . . .] but doubtful & overweighed by it’s giving too short a line, & being out of the [next] course.”

3Word interlined.

Index Entries

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