Thomas Jefferson Papers

Jerman Baker to Thomas Jefferson, 4 September 1820

From Jerman Baker

Treasury Office 4 Sepr 1820

Dr Sir,

Yours of the 2nd Inst was received this morning, & it affords me much pleasure to have it in my power forthwith to furnish you with the document you desired; I wish the Visitors of the University may be enabled to devise any means by which they may prevail in the Legislature to increase the annual appropriation to the object of their care—

Permit me my dear Sir, at the moment when my Son is about to take leave of yourself & family to tender in behalf of my Wife & self our grateful acknowledgements for the very friendly & affectionate attentions which he has so lavishly received while under your Roof; of which I trust he will never prove himself unworthy.

Present our affectionate regards to Mrs R & the young Ladies & accept the assurance of my great respect & esteem.   Yrs

Jerman Baker

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 6 Sept. 1820 from Richmond and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s letter to Baker of the 2nd inst was actually dated 1 Sept. 1820.

The enclosed document you desired may have been “A Statement shewing the amount of Taxes on lands, Slaves, horses, carriages, licenses to merchants, pedlars, exhibitors of shows, ordinary keepers, keepers of houses of private entertainment, law process seals of Courts, Notarial seals, and on tobacco shipped also the amount of militia fines, payable in each of the great districts of Virginia,” broken down by district and county, with the district west of the Allegheny Mountains paying $35,076.30, nearly 9 percent of the total; that between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains paying $70,336.95, nearly 15 percent; the district between the Blue Ridge and the Tidewater paying $190,725.44, nearly 40 percent; and that below the Tidewater paying $179,570.11, roughly 37.5 percent (MS in ViU: TJP; in an unidentified hand; undated, but “made up from the Taxes &c payable in 1821”).

mrs r: Martha Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); and statement of Va. taxes search
  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); letters from search
  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); relationship with son search
  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); sends greetings to M. J. Randolph search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); visits Monticello search
  • Baker, Martha Bolling Eppes (TJ’s niece; Jerman Baker’s wife); sends greetings to M. J. Randolph search
  • Baker, Martha Bolling Eppes (TJ’s niece; Jerman Baker’s wife); thanks TJ search
  • carriages; taxes on search
  • horses; taxes on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with J. W. Baker search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Baker, John W. search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • slaves; taxes on search
  • taxes; in Va. search
  • taxes; on carriages search
  • taxes; on horses and mules search
  • taxes; on land search
  • taxes; on slaves search
  • taxes; on tobacco search
  • tobacco; tax on search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and statement of Va. taxes search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • Virginia; militia search
  • Virginia; taxes in search