Thomas Jefferson Papers

Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, 21 November 1820

From Edmund Bacon

Monticello November. 21st 1820.

Deare Sir.

I send you a line informing you that Mr Meeks is not disposed to remaine with us the ensueing Yeare. he has not given me the information himself but his wife informed my family that he intended going away. what proves the thing to me I saw a cart at his house loading with his cabage yesterday I inquired whare they was carrying them to the reply was to the place that he was to live at the next yeare. I consider it necessary to inform you that if you chuse to imploy a workman that you may have time to furnish yourself

We are ingaged sawing barrill timber. Meeks is now frameing the safety gate but Mr Colclasor says they cannot stop to put it down. Meeks had quit on recieving this information but I considerd it most proper on our parts to have the gate ready made and if the Miller will not suffer us to stop the water only a day or two to put down the work that if any accident should happen it would not be our faults. I tharefore presed the Job on

Mrs Randolph lift Monticello yesterday on a viset to Richmond. the balance of the family is all well

With sincere respect your Ob. St.

E: Bacon

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; addressed (torn): “[. . .] poplar forest. Lynchburgh”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 Nov. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

A letter to TJ from Bacon of 14 Nov. 1820, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 21 Nov. 1820 from Monticello.

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from accounted for search
  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • barrels search
  • building materials; timber search
  • cabbage; transportation of search
  • Colclaser, Daniel; as miller search
  • food; cabbage search
  • Meeks, Edmund; as carpenter search
  • Meeks, Edmund; family of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); carpentry supervisors at search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); family of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); visits Richmond search
  • Shadwell mills; builders at search
  • Shadwell mills; improvements to search