Thomas Jefferson Papers

Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, 11 September 1822 (2d letter), with Jefferson’s Notes

From Edmund Bacon, with Jefferson’s Notes

11th Sepr 22

Deare sir.

I am sorry to be under the necessaty of troubleing you so often especially when I no you are busiyly ingaged but such is my necessaty as to inforce1 me to be troublesome. Joe says by his haveing Davy that he can make the spikes for the dam and Iron the waggon in 10 or 12 days. if you can have it done I will let the man no that I will take it. he is Obliged to no this evening whither I want the waggon or not. if it was not for that I would not think of troubleing you with two applications a day on the same subjec

[T]he time is very short that I have to make arrangements for my Journey. indeed I aught to be gone in a few days. hope tharefore sir that you will excuse my being so troublesome


I will get from the Blacksmith in charlottesville a statemt of his price for Ironing a waggon and will give it to you so that you can charge the same amount against John Bacon-bond and you can furnish me the Iron to be bought on 12 months credit say 500 pounds @ what ever they ask for Iron and the man who has the wood works of the waggon asks for it 30$ in any store you may chuse so that you will get a yeare on the whole. Mr Dawson of Milton has such Iron as will do. I dont no that Mr Leitch has the right sort.

those amounts with the 75$ for the coache will be a smart pay ment towards the bond

say  500  ℔s Iron @ 7$
Order in store for the wood 30
 Ironing the waggon 40
Coche 75

If one hundred and fifty dollars more could be paid any time could be had for the balance till next June certainly

Yours &C

E Bacon

I would also be glad to get a set of harness which you [co]uld get from Watson or Bishop without money

[Notes by TJ beneath endorsement:]

<8. Bar. corn> <24>
Sep. 12.  ord. on Lietch   30
Iron .07 500
ironing waggon
coachee   75
<one half of 13. turkies>  <4.75>
<a cow> <16.>
Winn   40
mrs Bacon 13. turkies   6.50

my bond to E. Bacon assd to J. Bacon dated Apr. 7. 1813. 370. D with Int. from Aug. 1. 1813. see entry of Apr. 7. 13.


RC (MHi); dateline adjacent to closing and signature; edge torn; addressed: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ.

The man who has the wood works of the waggon was William Bacon. A coachee (coache; coche) is a “long, lightweight horse-carriage” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). For the entry of apr. 7. 13, see TJ’s Promissory Note to Edmund Bacon, 7 Apr. 1813, and 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 , 2:1288.

1Manuscript: “inforee.”

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Ann Simmons (Edmund Bacon’s wife); and turkeys search
  • Bacon, Edmund; and wagons search
  • Bacon, Edmund; buys carriage from TJ search
  • Bacon, Edmund; harness for search
  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; plans to move west search
  • Bacon, Edmund; TJ’s promissory note to search
  • Bacon, John; promissory note assigned to search
  • Bacon, William search
  • Bishop, Joseph; and harness for E. Bacon search
  • carriages; coachees search
  • cattle; mentioned search
  • corn; as food search
  • dams; on Rivanna River search
  • Dawson, Martin; as merchant search
  • Fossett, Joseph (Joe) (TJ’s slave; b.1780); as blacksmith search
  • Hern, David (Davy) (TJ’s slave; b.1784); wagoner search
  • iron; for wagons search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; promissory notes to E. Bacon search
  • Leitch, James; store of search
  • Leitch, James; TJ orders goods from search
  • Rivanna River; dams on search
  • Shadwell mills; dam at search
  • slaves; as blacksmiths search
  • turkeys; price of search
  • wagons; fitting with iron search
  • Watson, John (1760–1841); Milton merchant search
  • Winn, John (d.1837); merchant search
  • wood; for E. Bacon search