Thomas Jefferson Papers

Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, 29 July 1818

From Edmund Bacon

July 29 1818.

Dear Sir.

upon a close look at my ploughs I find the wood work of one requires to be made intirely new and I shall want it next week I want to set my ploughs agoing at any rate before I leave home I want to so a field of rye in August.

I informed Mr Randolph that I had a demand on him for money considering it best to give him time if his money was not ready his answer strongly insinueates that it will be some little time before it will be convenient to pay me and of course will prolong the time of my seting out:   Mr Dawson has given me the money for the note by deducting 6 pr cent which gives me a little less money but it will make no differance taking 6 pr cent from

19,62 600 
19. 62
$ 580  38
I am yours &C

E: Bacon

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 July 1818.

On 28 July 1818 TJ recorded giving Bacon an order on Thomas Eston Randolph “for 272.82 the cash balce. due to me on our late settlement. Gave him also my note for 327.18 payable in 60 days” (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, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1345). Bacon’s own description of this transaction indicated that he had assigned the latter note to Martin Dawson for $307.38 and that TJ was to pay Bacon the difference of $19.80 “or to charge him with 580. instead of 600$” (ViU: Bacon Memorandum Book, 1802–22).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • Bacon, Edmund; plans to move west search
  • crops; rye search
  • Dawson, Martin; as merchant search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); rye crop at search
  • plows; repair of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); dealings with E. Bacon search
  • rye; as crop search