Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Agreement with William J. Miller, 17 December 1817, with Miller’s Receipt, 22 October 1818

Agreement with William J. Miller, with Miller’s Receipt

Due William J. Miller when the present crop is carried to market & sold fifty pounds it being the present years wages as an overseer at Poplar Forest deducting therefrom the price for Keeping his Horse twenty four days which I suppose to be worth eight Dollars. given under my hand this 17th day December 1817—

Joel Yancey
for  Thos Jefferson

J. W. White

Oct. 22. 18.
Recd of Th: Jefferson an order on Archibald Robertson for 163. D 43 c which when recieved is in full of the within.

William J miller

MS (CSmH: JF); agreement in Yancey’s hand, signed by Yancey and White; with receipt on verso in TJ’s hand, signed by Miller; endorsed by TJ: “Miller Wm J.,” with his additional calculation: “

166. 67
8.  Cr
158. 67
4. 76  6. mo. int.
163. 43

On 22 Oct. 1818 TJ wrote in his financial records that “On settlement this day there is due to Wm. J. Miller 163.43 D. and to Robert Miller 169.61. Gave therefore an order in favr. of each on Archibald Robertson, and inclosed to A. Robertson an order in his favor on P. Gibson for the whole sum of 333.04 D.” (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, 2 vols., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1347).

Index Entries

  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • horses; mentioned search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with W. J. Miller search
  • Miller, Robert (overseer); TJ pays search
  • Miller, William J. (overseer); account of with TJ search
  • Miller, William J. (overseer); at Tomahawk plantation search
  • Miller, William J. (overseer); TJ pays search
  • Robertson, Archibald; and payments for TJ search
  • Tomahawk plantation (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); overseer at search
  • White, Jacob W.; witnesses document search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search