Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Willson Peale, 22 April 1820

To Charles Willson Peale

Monticello Apr. 22. 20.

I thank you, dear Sir, for the razor strap you have been so kind as to send me, which is the more acceptable as I am but a poor barber. I shall immediately avail myself of it’s abridgment of labor in razor-strapping.   With respect to the plough, your observations are entirely just, as I know by my own experience. the first ploughs I made were 9.I. longer, and so effectual in their functions, and so easy to govern that when once entered and in motion, I have made the ploughman let go the handle, and the plough has gone on for some steps as steadily, and as even as a boat on the water. but at that time, 30 years ago the passion of this state was for light ploughs, & I yielded to the cry for shortening them. do not therefore, dear Sir, take the trouble of sending me one. for besides my having in my family workmen well-skilled in making them, I have in fact resigned all business of this kind to my grandson, your old acquaintance, who is among the most industrious and best farmers of our state. altho’1 my ill health and my physician forbid my approach to the writing table, I break thro’ their injunctions to acknolege your letter & to renew the assurances of my constant friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (TxU: Thomas Jefferson Collection). PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Joseph C. Cabell to TJ; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “C. W. Peale esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ’s grandson was Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • household articles; razor strops search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; T. J. Randolph search
  • Peale, Charles Willson; and plows search
  • Peale, Charles Willson; and razor strops search
  • Peale, Charles Willson; letters to search
  • plows; TJ’s moldboard search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Monticello search
  • razors; strops search
  • slaves; make plows search