Thomas Jefferson Papers

Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, 16 July 1820

From Edmund Bacon

July 16th–1820.

Deare Sir.

Some time last yeare I proposed buying the little markit waggon of you I got Mr Randolph to look at it and to say what he considerd it to be worth he said that he considerd it worth 70 or 75 dollars I disremember which at the same time we discoverd that some parts of it required some little repairs which Mr Randolph said could be done which he included in the price then fixed on the waggon I disremember whither we informed You of his valueation on it or not. I asked Mr R. to do it but after wards I dont remember that I have ever herd any more from You about the waggon so that I dont know whither you still wish me to have it or not. one part of the repair is the puting on new tire on the hind wheels which was spoken of by Mr R and myself in this way that I would find the new tire and you take the old at what ever it ways and give the whole price of the waggon a credit of the amount of the old tire but I am not shore if the takeing off1 & puting on new tire will not injure the fellows too much so that I dont no whither that part of the repairs had better be done the balance is very trifleing

as I mentioned in my note to You a day or too ago the slow progress of my Collections renders it very doubtfull whither I can get away in time. I shall use my best exirtion to go. but unless I can get in my money in course I cannot go and in that Case I should not want the waggon. but this I hope to asertain in 3 or 4 weeks at furthest and as you expect to leave home in a short time is the reason I wish our affars understood.

I am Yours &C

E: Bacon

I have recievd your note requesting to send the men to the mill do You no that Beverly has been absent from the carpenters for about a week

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); adjacent to closing and dateline: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 July, with his additional notation next to endorsement: “Coachee” (i.e., a lightweight horse carriage [OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ]).

Calling it a “stage waggon,” Bacon seems to have purchased TJ’s little markit waggon for $75 later this year (ViU: Bacon Memorandum Book, 1802–22). your note: TJ’s letter to Bacon from around this time has not been found and is not recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “of.”

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; and wagons search
  • Bacon, Edmund; debts owed to search
  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; letters to accounted for search
  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • Bacon, Edmund; plans to move west search
  • carriages; coachees search
  • Hemings, Beverly (TJ’s enslaved son; b.1798); as carpenter search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); carpenters at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Monticello search
  • slaves; as carpenters search
  • wagons; E. Bacon purchases TJ’s search
  • wagons; offer to buy TJ’s search
  • wagons; repair of search
  • wheels and axles search