Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Poplar Forest Survey, 17 December 1817

IX. Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Poplar Forest Survey

1817. Dec. 17. field notes of this day, settling Cobb’s lines

Begun at the red oak on Cobb’s path near the Western gate which Whittington affirms to be one of the corner pointers of the Poplar forest

S. 75. W. passing a hiccory side line to a chesnut side line 10. 88
sa. co. to Cobb’s fence 27. po 27.
sa. co. to the old spring-poplar marked as a side line on the lower side 20. 50
(note in this course passed a locust stump, line, per Whittington some feet from our line.)
sa. co. to the white oak sometimes called f. & a. but a corner from whittington’s informn & from appearance 59.
 the Patent calls this line 115. po. our measures make it 117. 38
 the Patent also calls it N. 80. E. we find it N. 75. E. making varian 5° to the left.

then begun at the old spring poplar side line and run

N. 75. E. 9. po. which with the 59. po. from the w.o. corner gives Cobb’s patent length of 68. po. and drove a stake in the spot being within his field.
this N. 75. E. line crosses his fences both at about 11. po. from the corner of his field

MS (ViU: TJP, TB [Thurlow-Berkeley] no. 1136 [532m–2]); written entirely in TJ’s hand on a small scrap; on verso of document no. V above, TJ’s Notes on Poplar Forest Survey, 12 Dec. 1817.

sa. co.: same course. f. & a.: fore and aft.

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Notes on Poplar Forest Survey search
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  • Whittington, Thomas; and survey of Poplar Forest search