Thomas Jefferson Papers

Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, 9 December 1820

From Edmund Bacon

Monticello December 9th 1820—

Deare Sir.

Yours by last weeks mail came to hand I shall certainly be on the serch for a workman and to imploy him on the best terms in my power.

I have not yet been able to get off any flour. the rent wheat was deliverd so long after that which was deliverd by others in the mill that it seems to give them the right to their flour first indeed thare is only a few hundred bushels of the rent wheat1 yet deliverd nearly all the crop at Lego is yet in the field

I am now geting out my wheat which was stacked at Tufton the loss commited on it by the stock of that place is considirable we have experienc’d a very hard spell of wheather for the last 10 days. we had a plenty of Ice on the 2nd Instant and a bundance of snow which enable’d me to fill both houses I have a very good prospect of geting off a hundred or two barrills in a day or so. I shall attend properly to geting it down as spedily as possoble.

with sincere respect your Ob. St.

E: Bacon

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; addressed (torn): “[. . .] [Je]ff[erson] bedford County Poplar Forest. Lynchburgh”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 Dec. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

both houses: by 1817 TJ had two icehouses, one at Monticello used for storing snow and another on the Rivanna River for storing ice (Betts, Garden Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book, 1766–1824, 1944 description ends , 565, 566n).

1Preceding four words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • Bacon, Edmund; wheat of search
  • flour; as rent search
  • icehouses; at Monticello search
  • icehouses; on Rivanna River search
  • Lego (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); carpentry supervisors at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); icehouse at search
  • rent; paid in flour search
  • Rivanna River; TJ’s icehouse on search
  • Shadwell mills; flour mill at search
  • Tufton (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); livestock at search
  • weather; ice search
  • weather; snow search
  • wheat; at Lego search
  • wheat; at Tufton search