Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Robert Sinclair, 18 July 1822

To Robert Sinclair

Monticello July 18. 22.

I thank you, Sir, for the letter of the 8th and the information with which you favored me. age and debility have necessarily withdrawn me from Agricultural pursuits, but I shall forward your letter to Govr Randolph, who will doubtless avail himself of it’s purport. he is ardent in whatever relates to agriculture, and is probably the most skilful farmer in our state. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Benjamin Waterhouse to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Robert Sinclair”; endorsed by TJ.

Robert Sinclair (1772–1853), manufacturer, was a lifelong resident of Baltimore and a member of the Maryland Agricultural Society, the Maryland Society for Promoting the Culture of the Vine, and a local fire company. He established a factory to produce agricultural implements in Baltimore in 1820 and added a seed store shortly thereafter. This concern, which was called Sinclair & Moore from 1825, sold, among other things, Thomas Mann Randolph’s “Hill Side Ploughs.” It remained in operation until at least 1835 (J. Thomas Scharf, History of Baltimore City and County [1881], 930; Federal Intelligencer, and Baltimore Daily Gazette, 8 Sept. 1795; Federal Gazette & Baltimore Daily Advertiser, 4 Jan. 1812; Baltimore American Farmer, 3 Mar., 2 June, 29 Dec. 1820; DNA: RG 29, CS, Md., Baltimore, 1820–40; The Baltimore Directory, for 1822 & ’23 [Baltimore, 1822], 250; Baltimore Patriot & Mercantile Advertiser, 28 June 1822, 3 May 1823; Easton, Md., Republican Star and General Advertiser, 31 May 1825; Baltimore Gazette and Daily Advertiser, 23 Sept. 1828; Matchett’s Baltimore Director, Corrected up to September, 1835. For 1835–6 [1835]; Baltimore Sun, 28 Oct. 1853; gravestone inscription in Friends Cemetery, Baltimore).

Sinclair’s letter to TJ of the 8th, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 12 July 1822 from Baltimore.

Index Entries

  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • agriculture; and T. M. Randolph search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; debility search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; T. M. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and agriculture search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); TJ on search
  • Sinclair, Robert; and agriculture search
  • Sinclair, Robert; identified search
  • Sinclair, Robert; letter from accounted for search
  • Sinclair, Robert; letter to search