Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Sawing Instructions for James Martin, 14 December 1820

Sawing Instructions for James Martin

Sawing for paling a garden 250.f. square

1500. pales 4.I. wide ¾ I. thick. 6.f. long

1500.f. 1 I. plank to cut to 6.f. lengths.

100. pr of rails 10.f. long, to wit 100 pieces

first cut 5 I. sq. clear. & then split diagonally thus

all of yellow poplar.

Dec. 14. 20.

MS (Anonymous, 1991; photocopy in TJ Editorial Files); entirely in TJ’s hand; adjacent to signature: “left for Capt Martin.”

Index Entries

  • building materials; lumber search
  • building materials; pales search
  • building materials; plank search
  • building materials; poplar search
  • building materials; rails search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Sawing Instructions for James Martin search
  • lumber; cutting of search
  • Martin, James; TJ’s Sawing Instructions for search
  • poplar; lumber used at Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); garden at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); lumber for search