Thomas Jefferson Papers

Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, 9 April 1819

From Edmund Bacon

9th April 1819.


I had an offer yesterday of 50 barls corn at 3$ about 9 miles distant and 90 days from the middle of may for payment. we may buy at 20/ nigher but not so neare as to get home more than one load a day. I think tharefore that we had as well take that 9 miles off1 as we can get one load a day. that with what we shall get from Higginbotham will Carry us on towards harvest. it seems that the mill gets hardly as much as will pay the miller for Keeping it. we are Obliged to send from here Corn every week for our bread

I find that I shall need the 30$ that I was nameing when I let you have the 180$ a draught on Richmond will do as well as the money

we owe Mr Ormond of Milton for 6 pounds powder at 3/9 pr pound and if it soots you can include that with the 30$ as I shall give the order to him for money here

I am yours

E Bacon

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); dateline beneath closing and signature; addressed: “Mr Jefferson”; notation by TJ on verso (with calculation repeated by TJ at foot of recto):

“ Bacon Edmund 30
  Ormond 6. ℔ powder 3 .75
Apr. 11. gave ord. on Gibson for  33; .75”
with unrelated trigonometric computations and drawings by TJ on verso.

The miller was Daniel Colclaser. Bacon loaned TJ the 180$ on 1 Feb. 1819, when he paid that sum on TJ’s behalf “to John A. Wilson in part of his wages as overseer at Tufton in 1817” (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 , 2:1351).

1Manuscript: “of.”

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; and gunpowder for TJ search
  • Bacon, Edmund; buys corn for TJ search
  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; TJ borrows money from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; TJ pays search
  • bread; corn ground for search
  • Colclaser, Daniel; as miller search
  • corn; grinding at Shadwell search
  • corn; price of search
  • corn; TJ buys search
  • flour; milling of search
  • food; bread search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • gunpowder; TJ purchases search
  • Higginbotham, David; as merchant search
  • Ormond, John; and gunpowder for TJ search
  • overseers; at Tufton search
  • Shadwell mills; flour from search
  • Tufton (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); overseers at search
  • Wilson, John A.; as overseer at Tufton search