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Item 3 - Thomas Jefferson Catalog 453 (Jun 2015)

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ALS signed “Th: Jeffers[on],” one page, 7.5 x 10, October 26, 1817. Letter to Patrick Gibson, his brother’s business partner, concerning financial matters. In full: “Mr. Colclaser one of my mill Servants informs me he has sent forty odd barrels of flour, to be delivered to your order, and that he shall make it up 50 (a quarter's rent) and if the river does not admit my sending 50 barrels more from the mill within a few days, I must get an order for that quantity on his stock in Richmond in exchange for so much of mine now in the mill. These supplies are necessary to cover a draught for 190.D. I now make in favor of Mr Southal, draughts for my taxes here & in Bedford, and some further draughts I must make the 1st week of next month. The residue of my flour will not go down until December, unless any further occasions should arise of drawing on you.” Also docketed on the reverse in Jefferson’s hand, “Gibson Patrick Oct. 26. 17.” In very good condition, with archivally repaired separations to intersecting folds and restored paper loss to the right edge from seal removal, with the last two letters of Jefferson’s signature absent and filled in to create the appearance of a full signature. Thomas Jefferson had two flour mills on his vast Monticello estate, one for commercial use and one for personal use. After leaving the presidency in 1809 he split time between Monticello and the newly constructed Poplar Forest plantation, which was situated in Bedford County, Virginia, as he mentions in this letter. An ever-desirable handwritten letter by America’s second president. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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