Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 15 August 1807

Monticello Aug. 15 07.

Dear Sir

I had written the letter of the 12th. which accompanied this on the morning of that day, & had the post come as usual it would have been with you on the 14th. but it had begun to rain on the evening of the 11th. and it continued raining for about 36. hours in torrents, with scarcely any remissions. this raised our river beyond what has been known for a great number of years. it has carried off the whole of the wheat, which was cut & stacked in the low grounds & of the corn & tobacco growing on them, through the whole length of this river. I have not heard from the other rivers. it has carried off my mill dam and all others in this part of the country, and done me incalculable mischief thro’ the canal & in the grounds adjacent to the mill houses. these are not only broke up for the season, but we were depending on the mills for our daily bread. I am therefore obliged to go to purchasing such gleanings as can be found in a country generally wanting bread. this being the first day the post has been able to cross the watercourses to this place, I write this apology for the delay of my remittance to mr Davidson, which be so good as to explain to him. I salute you with great affection.

Th: Jefferson

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