Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Hugh Holmes, 4 March 1819

To Hugh Holmes

Monticello Mar. 4. 19.

Dear Sir

I have lately seen at Colo Lindsay’s one of the corn-shelling machines which you recommended to me, and I am so well satisfied with it that I must avail myself of your kind offer for their procurement. I must ask the favor of you to order two for me, & one for my friend General Cocke; and to avoid the risks of the mail in sending cash, I inclose an order on Richmond for 45. Dollars which will be paid at sight by mr Gibson, he being the depository of my funds there. I presume there is sufficient intercourse between Winchester & Richmond to make such a draught negociable at the former place. I understand the machines cost 30.D. and send half the price only in advance, in order that the reciept of the other half may be a stimulus to the maker to forward the machines, when I will without delay [tr]ansmit the other half. let General Cocke’s be packed separately, and addressed to me, and come with mine. whether by the wa[y of Rich]mond or of Staunton I leave to yourself. if by the latter I must pray it to be sent to the care of my friend Stuart, with a note to forward it to Charlottesville to mr James Leitch who will pay the transportation from Staunton. that to Staunton I must request the maker t[o]1 pay and put it into the bill he will forward me by mail as soon as he sends off the machines: ever and affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of José Corrêa da Serra to TJ, 28 Dec. 1818; damaged at seal, with one word rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Judge Holmes”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

the maker of the corn-shelling machines was the Shenandoah County firm of Blackford, Arthur & Company.

1Word cut off at margin due to polygraph misalignment.

Index Entries

  • agriculture; corn-shelling machines search
  • Arthur Blackford & Company (Shenandoah Co. firm) search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and corn-shelling machines search
  • corn; machine for shelling search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Holmes, Hugh; and corn-shelling machines search
  • Holmes, Hugh; letters to search
  • Leitch, James; and packages for TJ search
  • Lindsay, Reuben; and corn-shelling machines search
  • machines; corn-shelling search
  • Stuart, Archibald; and corn-shelling machines search