Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Leitch, 22 December 1820

To James Leitch

Dec. 22. 20.

half a sack of salt or as much as the bearer can bring on his mule

1.℔ pepper.


RC (DLC: George Frederick Holmes Papers); written on a small scrap; dateline beneath signature; at foot of text: “Mr Leitch.” Not recorded in SJL.

Leitch’s records indicate that on this date TJ purchased by order “2½ Bushels Salt” at “9/–” for a total of $3.75. In an earlier entry for the same day, Leitch recorded selling TJ, per Edmund Bacon, “2 Sets Knitting needles 4½d. 1 Pepper 3/– ⅌ Order” for $0.63 (Leitch Daybook description begins MS daybook of Charlottesville merchant James Leitch, 2 Mar. 1820–8 May 1823, ViCMRL on deposit ViU, bound volume with ruled paper, in a clerk’s hand description ends , p. 181).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; orders goods for TJ search
  • household articles; knitting needles search
  • Leitch, James; extracts from daybook of search
  • Leitch, James; letters to search
  • Leitch, James; TJ orders goods from search
  • mules; at Monticello search
  • pepper; TJ purchases search
  • salt; TJ acquires search
  • spices; pepper search