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Enclosure: Thomas Jefferson’s List of Proposed Commissioners in Jefferson v. Rivanna Company, [ca. 22 January 1820]


List of Proposed Commissioners in Jefferson v. Rivanna Company

[ca. 22 Jan. 1820]

Charles Scott. Fluvanna.
Colo John Clarke. Powhatan.
George Fleming Louisa.
} of great experience in mills both scientifically & practically. mr Scott has built two large mill establishments, Colo Clarke was long a millwright, all of them very able, honest, unconnected and independent.
Genl John H. Cocke
Isaac A. Coles
Mann Page
} very able and convenient, altho’ not particularly acquainted with water works; but objectionable as being of my most familiar & intimate acquaintances, and neighbors.
Martin Dawson.
James Old.
Brightberry Brown.
James Powell Cocke
} very honest men, of good understanding, disinterested in their location, of no particular intimacy with me, mr Old & mr Cocke owners of mills, but of no rivalship with mine being on Hardware river, all of them farmers and independant men.

On further consideration I have left out the 4th class [. . .] living above my mill on the waters of the river, being as directly interested as the defs themselves. I would above all things press for the three first named, and try to get them. they are so superior in these things that we should all give up our judgments to theirs.

PoC (MHi); on recto of reused address cover of Joseph Milligan to TJ, 17 Feb. 1819 (first letter), with covering letter to above document on verso; in TJ’s hand; undated; mutilated at seal.

Index Entries

  • Brown, Brightberry; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Clarke, John (1766–1844); as commissioner inJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Cocke, James Powell; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); as commissioner inJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Dawson, Martin; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Fleming, George; as commissioner inJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Hardware River (Albemarle Co.) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; List of Proposed Commissioners inJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; commissioners in search
  • Old, James; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Page, Mann (1791–1850); andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Scott, Charles A.; as commissioner inJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Shadwell mills; and Rivanna Company search