Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Chapman Johnson, 4 July 1819

To Chapman Johnson

Monticello July 4. 19.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 1st is recieved. the ruinous and compleatly rotten state of the locks at my mill is such that any thing of an extraordinary fresh will infallibly blow them up and sweep away the bank of the canal so as to unite it to the river to an extent which no one can previously determine. an immediate decision therefore is of the first importance and takes place of all other considerations; even of that of our being deprived of the aid of mr Peyton, however to be regretted. I must therefore pray you to urge a decision. I shall set out for Bedford on Tuesday the 13th inst. the Staunton mail arrives at Charlottesville the day before. if therefore, after the decision, you can drop me, from the bar, the shortest line you please as to the event, it would greatly relieve me, and the more as I shall not return to this place until the October meeting of the visitors of the University. I salute you with great friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of William F. Gray to TJ, 26 Mar. 1819; at foot of text: “Chapman Johnson esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Charlottesville, Va.; mail service to search
  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; TJ’s counsel in search
  • Johnson, Chapman; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Johnson, Chapman; letters to search
  • locks (canal) search
  • Peyton, John Howe; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Post Office, U.S.; and mail service search
  • Rivanna River; locks on search
  • Shadwell mills; and Rivanna Company search
  • Shadwell mills; canal at search
  • Staunton, Va.; chancery court at search
  • Superior Court of Chancery for the Staunton District search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; meetings of search