Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Robertson, 16 November 1821

To Archibald Robertson

Pop. For. Nov. 16. 21.

Dr Sir

I had destined a sum of rent due to me July 1. to pay the amt of my last year’s acct to you, 611.17 which however not being yet recieved I inclose you an order for that sum payable Jan. 1. ensuing being the earliest I can command with certainty. this will be due for wheat sold & payable then. mr Yancey had supposed we should have 1000.b. for market but as we proceed in fanning, it appears to yield less than expected: and altho there is a certainty there will be more than will cover this order, yet I have thought it due to the purchaser to limit the order provisionally as I have done. I could have been more punctual with you, but that I have had to make considble payments towards the bond assd to mr Miller, & am to pay the whole by the 1st of July next.

I will thank you for my acct for the present1 year to wit to July 31. last past2 which shall be pd as soon as I can bring my affrs up to it with the aid of better prices for produce. Accept the assurance of my friendship & respect


P.S. be so good as to let the inclosed letter to mr Boling remain in your hands until called for by him or some of his neighbors by his order as has been agreed between us.

Dft (MHi); on reused address cover of Benjamin W. Crowninshield to TJ, 18 Aug. 1819; with PoC of TJ to Robertson, 7 Dec. 1820, on verso. Recorded in SJL with additional bracketed notation by TJ: “ord. on Pendleton. 611.17.” Enclosure: TJ to James Bowling, 16 Nov. 1821.

On this day TJ recorded that the enclosed order for $611.17, not found, was drawn on Reuben Pendleton in Robertson’s favor to pay TJ’s “last year’s store acct.” and was to be drawn “out of the amount of my wheat of this year sold by Joel Yancey to Pendleton for 5/ and the rise to Jan. 1” (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 , 2:1381).

1Word interlined in place of “current.”

2Sentence from this point partially interlined, with remainder added beneath signature, keyed to text with an “x.”

Index Entries

  • A. Robertson & Company (firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • Bowling, James; and TJ’s debt to L. Bowling search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with A. Robertson search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to A. Robertson & Company search
  • Miller, Boyd; and TJ’s debt to A. Robertson & Company search
  • Pendleton, Reuben; buys TJ’s wheat search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Robertson, Archibald; account with TJ search
  • Robertson, Archibald; letters to search
  • Robertson, Archibald; TJ pays search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search