Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Isaacs to Thomas Jefferson, 19 September 1821

From David Isaacs

19th Septr 1821


I am sorry you get disapointed in the Beef this morning, the morning was Cool and the Costomers tooke largely of the hind qurs so that there is none fit to sent you—to morrow evening there will another one be Killed you my if you Please sent Friday morning and a hind qur Shall be put aside for you

I sent you the Tallow in the Stand

59½ Gross the stand weighs 15—so there is 44½ Nett Tallow you can have the stand returned when Empty
yours Respectfully

David Isaacs


I sent you a Peice of the fore qur Perhaps it may be of Service till Friday

D. Isaacs1

 ℔ d
Tallow 44½ 9 5.56½
Beef 32 2 2.
Sep. 21. 29 7.56½
 44½ 9.38½

RC (MHi); dateline beneath first signature; with ending of postscript in TJ’s hand; addressed: “Mr Thos Jefferson Montecelloe”; endorsed by TJ, with his additional notation: “7.56½.”

A stand is an “open tub” or “a barrel set on end” (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 ).

On 28 Sept. 1821 TJ recorded paying Isaacs & Lee $11.95 for tallow and beef (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1379).

1Beneath signature TJ here wrote “.56.”

2Final column of numbers and all text below this are in TJ’s hand.

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  • beef; TJ purchases search
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  • household articles; tallow search
  • Isaacs, David; letters from search
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  • Isaacs, David; sells TJ tallow search
  • Isaacs & Lee (Charlottesville firm); TJ pays search
  • tallow search