Thomas Jefferson Papers

John B. Benson to Thomas Jefferson, 3 February 1820

From John B. Benson

Charlottesville 3rd February 1820

J B Benson presents to Thomas Jefferson Esqr. his most respectful compliments, and hopes he is well—Recollecting a remark of Th J.—that he could not get any of the Good Fish brought by the Stage Drivers—JBB. has presumed to purchase one for him, which he flatters himself, will give satisfaction—the price, ’tis true, is rather an extravagant one, but it does not often occur—if my earnest solicitude, can make it more delicious than I think it is nothing can equal it.

With the highest regard & Respect I am Sincerely yrs.

J. B. Benson

Weight 17lb a 20 cts—$3.40

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Feb. 1820 and so recorded in SJL; with additional note by TJ beneath endorsement: “3.40 Feb. 4. sent the money by Burwell.”

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  • Benson, John B.; and food for TJ search
  • Benson, John B.; letters from search
  • carriages; stagecoaches search
  • Colbert, Burwell (TJ’s slave;1783–ca.1862; Critta Colbert’s husband); and financial transactions for TJ search
  • fish; TJ purchases search
  • food; fish search
  • slaves; errands by search