Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Robertson, 7 December 1820

To Archibald Robertson

Poplar Forest. Dec. 7. 20.

Dear Sir

I believe it is your practice to settle the annual accounts of your customers about the month of Septemb[er.] I will thank you for the copy of mine for the last year, a[s] soon as convenient. it will be convenient for me to have it under view as soon as may be in preparing arrangement[s] for the paiment of monies the ensuing spring. I have it much at heart henceforward1 to pay my merchant’s account regul[arly] every spring. and altho it is a most inauspicious ye[ar] to begin such a course, the wheat of the last year having been mostly eaten for want of corn, and what is left not being likely to bring, clear of carriage, more than 2. or 3/. yet I must try to effect it. or as nearly as possible.

Will you come and take a dinner with two o[r] three neighbors on Sunday? it is long since you hav[e] done us that favor. I inclose a 30.D. bill with a reques[t] to send me smaller bills in exchange for it. accept the assurance of my friendly esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Benjamin W. Crowninshield to TJ, 18 Aug. 1819; text lost at right margin due to polygraph misalignment, with three words rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Robertson”; endorsed by TJ; with Dft of TJ to Robertson, 16 Nov. 1821, beneath endorsement.

A missing letter from Robertson to TJ of 7 Dec. 1820 is recorded in SJL as received the next day from Lynchburg.

1Manuscript: “hencefoward.”

Index Entries

  • corn; at Poplar Forest search
  • currency; exchange of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with A. Robertson search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); corn grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); invitations to visit search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Robertson, Archibald; account with TJ search
  • Robertson, Archibald; as merchant search
  • Robertson, Archibald; exchanges currency for TJ search
  • Robertson, Archibald; letters from accounted for search
  • Robertson, Archibald; letters to search
  • Robertson, Archibald; TJ invites to dinner search
  • wheat; as cash crop search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search
  • wheat; TJ’s income from search