Thomas Jefferson Papers

John H. Wood to Thomas Jefferson, 26 September 1821

From John H. Wood

26th Sepr 1821


Agreable to appointment I applyed for your 60 Barrels flour to have been delivered at Shadwell, provided Barrels cou’d be had. From application repeated to day, the Same reason Seems to obtain. I shall be ready to carry for you any day this week and have therefore thought it proper to say thus much on the subject. The water has a little risen since I saw you, of course it wou’d be an opportune time to get it now—very respectfully

yr ob:t S:t

Jno, H, Wood

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esquire Ex president &c”; endorsed by TJ.

John Henry Wood (b. 1776), boatman, was born in Goochland County, the nephew of Patrick Henry (1736–99) and brother of TJ’s correspondent William Wood. He later lived in Albemarle County, where he apparently moved goods by water both on his own and with the aid of enslaved persons. In 1820 Wood owned eleven slaves. Between that year and 1822 he was paid for transporting building materials for the University of Virginia (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 347; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892–  description ends , 1st ser., 15 [1906]: 120; VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893–  description ends 5 [1898]: 79; Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 2:182–3, 200; DNA: RG 29, CS, Albemarle Co., 1820; Arthur S. Brockenbrough to Wood, 28 May 1820, and Proctor’s Ledgers [both in ViU: PP]).

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