Thomas Jefferson Papers

William G. Pendleton to Thomas Jefferson, 11 July 1820

From William G. Pendleton

Land Office, 11 July, 1820.


I hand you, under cover, a copy of the patent to Peter Jefferson, for 400 acres of land in Albemarle, as requested by your letter under date June 7, received on yesterday. The fee of 75 Cents for this copy & search will be received of Mr Gibson. With sentiments of high respect and esteem,

I am, Sir, Yr mo. ob. servant,

Wm G. Pendleton.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 16 July 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Bernard Peyton, 18 Jan. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson, esq: Monticello, near Charlottesville, Albemarle”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 12 July.

The enclosed copy of the patent for Pouncey’s tract has not been found, but a different one reads “George the Second &c: To all &c: Know ye that for divers good Causes and Considerations but more especially for and in Consideration of the Sum of Forty Shillings of good and lawful Money for our Use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia We have Given Granted and Confirmed and by these Presents for us our Heirs and Successors Do Give Grant & Confirm unto Peter Jefferson one certain Tract or parcel of Land containing Four hundred Acres lying and being in the County of Albemarle among the Branches of Carrel’s Creek of the North Side of the Rivanna River and bounded as followeth to wit, Beginning at Pointers in Anthony Pouncey’s Line running thence new Lines South seventy five degrees West two hundred and eighteen Poles to a red Oak Saplin North twenty eight Degrees West one hundred and twenty seven Poles to Pointers thence on Thomas James North eleven Degrees East two hundred & seventeen Poles thence on Anthony Pouncey East one hundred and fifty five Poles to a pine South fifteen Degrees East two hundred and eighty Poles to the first Station. With all &c: To have hold &c: To be held &c: Yielding and Paying &c: Provided &c: In Witness &c: Witness our Trusty and welbeloved Robert Dinwiddie Esquire our Lieutenant Governor and Commander in chief of our said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh Under the Seal of our said Colony the sixteenth Day of August one thousand seven hundred & fifty six In the thirtieth Year of our Reign Robt Dinwiddie” (FC in Vi: RG 4, Virginia Land Office Patent Book, 34:134; with marginal notes: “Peter Jefferson 400 Acres Form Page 1” and “Exd”).

TJ’s misdated letter to Pendleton of june 7 was actually written on 7 July 1820 and is printed above at that date.

Index Entries

  • Dinwiddie, Robert; as lieutenant governor of Va. search
  • George II, king of Great Britain; and land patents search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • James, Thomas search
  • Jefferson, Peter (TJ’s father); land grants to search
  • Pendleton, William Garland; and patent for Pouncey’s tract search
  • Pendleton, William Garland; letter from search
  • Pouncey, Anthony search
  • Pouncey’s tract (TJ’s Albemarle Co. property) search
  • Virginia; land grants in search