Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Gorman to Thomas Jefferson, 1 July 1820

From John Gorman

July 1st 1820


Mr Jefferson I had a message from Mr Randolf By Jms Dinsmore yesterday Requesting Thrimston to go to the harvest for a week or two the Boy is Learning faster than I Expected he Would Do. it Would hinder his Progress to keep him longer away or Even that time if it Could be helped but as the harvest is Ripe you Can Do as you think Proper but I Wished to Let you know of his going first

If you think Well of sending that other boy of 12 or 13 years old I will take him and find him If he is as willing to Learn as Thrimston his being younger will make him a Better hand.. I thought I would Mention it to you as I have had two people applying to me to take their Sons but as I Promised you I wished to Let you know

With respect your Humble Servant

Jno Gorman

RC (CSmH: JF); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Montesella”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 July 1820.

A missing letter from Gorman to TJ of 7 Feb. 1820 is recorded in SJL as received the day it was written.

Index Entries

  • Dinsmore, James; conveys message search
  • Gorman, John; as stonecutter search
  • Gorman, John; letter from accounted for search
  • Gorman, John; letters from search
  • Hern, Thrimston (Thrimson) (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1799); and J. Gorman search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); crops at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Monticello search
  • slaves; at Monticello search