Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Gorman to Thomas Jefferson, 28 January 1822

From John Gorman

Unvirsity Jnry 28th 1822

Dear Sir

Mr Jefferson your man thrimpston Went away from me this Evening Without any reason only I Scolded him for Being out late the Night Before and for making Noise in the Citchen as it is under whare I Sleep that I had to Get out of Bed to Stop his noise I likewise told him he Should go Back to Sleep at the Shop whare he used to Sleep I1 Scolded him about his Work this four or six months Back as he Got Rather Careless—I thought By a little flatterey he might Do Better but to no purpose I Gave him a full Suit of Choaths at Cristmas and he Promised to finnish his work Well But he told me yesterday If he wanted any Correction for any thing he would Go to you—indeed mr Nelson and mr Dinsmore told me you Would Send him Back very quick if he Went on that Prinsipal—the Boy is able to Do Work By Good looking aftrr But I Expected By the End of this year to have him able to Do a very good Days work at any Stonecutting that might Come in his way—I have a mind to learn him to build Stone mason work if you thought well of it Which if you wish it I would Be Glad to Know soon as there is some Jobs of that sort that I Can Get in this Place

I will Be ready to Go to quarreying your Caps and Bases in march and If you Can let me have two Good hands I wish you would let me know By thrimpston as there is a man here that wants to Get Employment and I would hire him if you Could not Spare two from your Crop.

I remain your Oblidged and humble servant

Jno. Gorman

RC (CSmH: JF); addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Jan. 1822 and so recorded in SJL.

The caps and bases were for Monticello’s West Portico.

1Text from “told him” to this point interlined.

Index Entries

  • Dinsmore, James; mentioned search
  • Gorman, John; as stonecutter search
  • Gorman, John; letters from search
  • Hern, Thrimston (Thrimson) (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1799); and J. Gorman search
  • Hern, Thrimston (Thrimson) (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1799); clothes for search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); slaves at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); stonework at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); West Portico search
  • Neilson (Nelson), John; mentioned search
  • quarries; in Va. search
  • slaves; at Monticello search
  • slaves; behavior of search
  • slaves; clothing for search
  • Virginia; quarries in search