Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Higginbotham, 29 June 1819

To David Higginbotham

Monticello June 29. 19.

Dear Sir

I had from mr Bacon’s information (but by mistake as I now suppose) made a memm of the balance due you for corn to be payable July 16. or you should sooner have heard from me. the short sale of my flour & tobo had obliged me to place my neighborhood debts on a fund of about 1000.D. due to me from two hands only in the neighborhood. I find they cannot pay immediately, but from their assurances I count on their payment by portions as fast as they can collect it from their customers through July. the one owes 400. the other 600.D. and both men to be depended on. if it be not paid before I set out for Bedford, which will be within two weeks, I shall leave it to be collected by mr Bacon, and your’s being a corn debt shall have the1 preference I always give to debts for that article.    I salute you with friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (NIC: tipped into vol. 13 of extra-illustrated copy of Washington Irving, Life of George Washington [1855–56]); addressed: “David Higgenbotham esq. Morven”; endorsed by Higginbotham. PoC (MHi); on same page as, and oriented upside down to, TJ’s notes on the deposition of John Coles, 28 June 1819 (see note to TJ to Chapman Johnson and John H. Peyton, 28 June 1819); edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ.

On 16 Mar. 1819 TJ recorded Edmund Bacon’s corn purchase made on his behalf of “42 barrels @ 20/,” noting that he was to pay Higginbotham the balance in ninety days, not july 16 (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 , 2:1352). The two hands were Thomas Eston Randolph and John Pollock.

1Word interlined in place of “a.”

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; buys corn for TJ search
  • corn; TJ buys search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Higginbotham, David; crops of search
  • Higginbotham, David; letters to search
  • Higginbotham, David; TJ’s account with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; account with D. Higginbotham search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; account with T. E. Randolph search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; sells flour search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; sells tobacco search
  • Pollock, John; debt to TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); account with TJ search
  • tobacco; sale of search