Thomas Jefferson Papers

Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, 29 July 1820

From Edmund Bacon

July 29th 1820.

Deare sir.

some few days since Mr Randolph and myself had some conversation on the subjec of my moove and it so happened that I informed him of my application to you to see if it could soot you in case that I could not so arrainge my affairs to get off in time whither I could be permitted to go on horse back myself and that your answer was Opposed to it unless a person of skill could be had during my absence Mr Randolph said that he made no doubt but that arrangement could be affected without injury to you that I could get a man to attend to my business for my own wages whom would be satisfactory to you and that he would speak to you on the subjec he has informed me that he has done so and that your answer was that you had no Objection to the arraingment. the time has now arrived within a short time1 when I must decide both as to your interest as well as my own whither I go or stay. I am almost certain that if I moove that I shall be compelled to leave a part of my debts to do that may accation me to have to return in a short time which will badly soot me and I am yet even undetermined whithe[r] to still proceed to moove or to ride out. but in whatever I do my sincere desire is for it to be as sootable to you as I can I am as I may say compelled to go in some way or to sustain injury both to myself and my brothers in Missouri

how would you like to take Mr Gilmer in my place he has offer[d] to do so for not a great deal above my own wages

If I ride out I dont expect that I shall want above $700 from you the balance you can keep if You chuse it untill next yeare If I shall decide to ride out the person that I get shall be such a one as Mr Randolph will no something off so as to not indanger you of sustaining injury. but I ask you sir to freely chuse whatever you like best and Just inform me according

I am yours sincerly

E Bacon

RC (MHi); edge trimmed; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ without date of receipt, with his additional notations beneath endorsement: “Gilmore in his place. 700.D.”

TJ paid Bacon $700 “on account” on 9 Aug. 1820 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, 2 vols., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1366).

1Preceding two words interlined in place of “few days.”

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; family of search
  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; plans to move west search
  • Bacon, Edmund; TJ pays search
  • Bacon, Edmund; TJ’s account with search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; offers to serve as Monticello overseer search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with E. Bacon search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); management of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Monticello search