Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Nicholas H. Lewis, 30 May 1819

To Nicholas H. Lewis

Monticello May 30. 19.

Dear Sir

According to promise I send you a copy of the Extracts from the minutes of the Rivanna co. with which you were so kind as to favor me. the last meeting I ever had with the Directors of the1 Rivanna co. to the best of my recollection was at the Shadwell mills between Aug. 25. and 31. 16.2 having been called at the request of my letter of Aug. 25. and at that meeting all negociations were broken off. the meeting at Charlottesville therefore at which I was present must have been before that date. but the fact is of no importance.

A fact stated in the answer of the company, and with a blank, makes it necessary to ascertain the quantity of flour and tobacco, which passed the locks in the season of 1817–18. that is to say, of the crop of [18]17. and the amount of the tolls recieved for them. I must therefore ask the favor of you to give me a certificate of those amounts from the books of the company, & to bring it with you to Milton tomorrow. I salute you with great friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Wilson Cary Nicholas to TJ, 10 May 1819; damaged at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Nichs H Lewis”; endorsed by TJ.

Although TJ had requested in his letter of 25 Aug. 1816 to Peter Minor that the directors of the Rivanna Company meet between aug. 25. and 31, this meeting seems not to have taken place, and he then agreed to attend their 7 Sept. 1816 meeting at Shadwell mills (see Lewis to TJ, 5 Sept. 1816, and TJ’s response of the same date).

1Preceding three words interlined.

2Year interlined.

Index Entries

  • flour; shipment of search
  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; Answer of the President and Directors of the Rivanna Company to Thomas Jefferson’s Bill of Complaint search
  • Lewis, Nicholas Hunter; and Rivanna Company search
  • Lewis, Nicholas Hunter; letters to search
  • locks (canal) search
  • Rivanna Company; Answer of the President and Directors of, to TJ’s Bill of Complaint search
  • Rivanna Company; directors of search
  • Rivanna Company; Extracts from Minutes of the Directors of search
  • Rivanna Company; TJ’s meetings with search
  • Rivanna River; locks on search
  • tobacco; shipment of search