Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Garland, 20 September 1820

To Samuel Garland

Poplar Forest Se[p.] 20. 20.

Dear Sir

Altho I am to return to this place again within three weeks, and then to remain here till December, yet not having had the pleasure of seeing you while here I think it a duty to say something as to my expectations of discharging my debt to mr Millar. I have already made sales1 [o]f some property and expect to recieve a part of the money in all October, which will enable me to pay you 800. or 1000.D. then: and in the spring, say in all May & June 1500.D. more; and the balance, I hope, within a twelve month from that time. if I should be able to make a further sale of some land in this county I may accomplish the whole sooner. the difficulties of collecting money, so well known to yourself and that they are likely to continue some time, may produce some delay to me also: but nothing shall be spared on my part to prevent it, nor shall I one moment lose sight of this object. accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; two words faint; at foot of text: “Mr <E> S. Garland”; endorsed by TJ.

mr millar: Boyd Miller. TJ had recently sold the 400-acre Pouncey’s tract in Albemarle County to Charles Everette. He received his second installment from the purchaser in two parts, on 9 Aug. and 19 october 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, 1369).

1Manuscript: “salas,” with word misspelled by TJ while enhancing faint text.

Index Entries

  • A. Robertson &amp; Company (firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • Everette, Charles; buys TJ’s Pouncey’s tract search
  • Garland, Samuel; and TJ’s debt to A. Robertson &amp; Company search
  • Garland, Samuel; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business &amp; Financial Affairs; debt to A. Robertson &amp; Company search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business &amp; Financial Affairs; sells land search
  • Miller, Boyd; and TJ’s debt to A. Robertson &amp; Company search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Pouncey’s tract (TJ’s Albemarle Co. property) search