Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Leitch, 21 June 1821

To James Leitch

June 21. 21.

16. yds Cotton Casimir of a fustian colour & stout.

lining & trimmings for 2. suits. they are for servants.


RC (ViU: TJP); on verso of portion of reused address cover, with “Monticello” in an unidentified hand; dateline beneath signature; at foot of text: “Mr James Leitch.” Not recorded in SJL.

Leitch’s records indicate that on this date TJ purchased by order:

“15 Yds (¾) Blue Cotton Cassimere 3s/9 9 38
 4 doz button Moulds 9 50
 2 Sticks Twist 6d. 8 hanks thread  3cts 41
3 Yds Domestic Cloth 1/6 75
for a total of $11.04 (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. 262).

fustian: a type of coarse cotton cloth “usually dyed of an olive, leaden, or other dark colour” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

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