Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Bacon, 11 August 1819

To Edmund Bacon

Pop. For. Aug. [1]1. 19.

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 4th could not leave Charlottesville till the 8th and was recieved here1 on the 9th. our mail starts for Charlottesville tomorrow & will arrive there on Saturday at 6. P.M. I am glad you have given the assistance of a hand to each cooper’s shop, and wish it to be continued, and even more help to be given if necessary, for I look to the offal of the mill as our only resource for bread. I think it very certain that bread will not be made in the upper country generally. if we can keep the mill going it will be a resource for the present. after these two objects are secured, the next in importance is the river canal to the sawmill. I have engaged here the best mill wrigh[t] [. . .] have ever known to go and rebuild the sawmill an[d] [. . .] the gristmill as soon as the canal is done. I salu[te you] with friendship and esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of [John Brazer] to TJ, 15 July 1819; dateline faint; torn at seal; at foot of text: “mr Bacon”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 11 Aug. 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ engaged Alexander Hepburn to rebuild his mills.

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; letters to search
  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • bread; scarcity of search
  • canals; on Rivanna River search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; mail service to search
  • fodder; for Monticello search
  • food; bread search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; as millwright search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; mail service to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); coopers at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); gristmill at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); sawmill at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Post Office, U.S.; and mail service search
  • Rivanna River; canals on search
  • Shadwell mills; flour mill at search