Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Edward Graham, 22 October 1821

To Edward Graham

Poplar Forest Oct. 22. 21.


Ill health has hitherto prevented my proceeding to the Natural bridge to have my lines there ascertained, but I have now hopes of being able shortly to be there. I judge from your field notes that it will not be difficult to establish the three corners a. b. and c. in th[e] diagram below. our great object will be therefore to find the corner m. in Berkley’s line; for between c. and m the chain and compass will guide us on the zig-zag line to the North, the two ends of it being fixed. on my arrival at the bridge I will send a person express to ask your assistance as promptly as possible. I do not now fix the day because bad weather or ill health may delay it. I inclose a letter to Patrick Henry, open for your perusal after which I will pray you to forward1 it to him by such opportunity as occurs, and I pray you to accept the assurance of my great respect

Th Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; edge frayed; with drawing in lower left corner presumably added after removal from polygraph; at foot of text: “Mr Edward Graham”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Patrick Henry (of Rockbridge County), [22] Oct. 1821.

For the field notes, see Graham’s Survey of the Natural Bridge Tract, 7 Nov. 1817. berkley’s line: the boundary of property formerly owned by Hugh Barclay.

1Manuscript: “forrward.”

Index Entries

  • Barclay, Hugh; Rockbridge Co. property of search
  • Graham, Edward; and survey of Natural Bridge search
  • Graham, Edward; letters to search
  • Henry, Patrick (of Rockbridge Co.); and survey of Natural Bridge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Natural Bridge search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; survey of search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; TJ visits search
  • surveying; and Natural Bridge search