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Thomas Jefferson

FOUNDING FARMER: JEFFERSON writes on agricultural activities at Monticello

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FOUNDING FARMER: JEFFERSON writes on agricultural activities at Monticello

ALS signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 7.5 x 9, July 8, 1814. Jefferson writes to Mr. Gibson. In full: “Altho’ I have not heard yet of the actual sale of my flour, yet in the hope it has taken place, and urged by some of my corn contracts, I have been obliged to draw on you this day in favor of Wm. Steevens [sic] or order for 105 D. which will probably be presented to you with this advice. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect….” After signing, Jefferson adds a postscript on the following day: “July 9. The draught for 105 was taken in & one seven for 70 D. payable to Jos. Bishop given there are still 20 D. due.” The reverse (visible through an opening in the back of the framing) also bears a docket in Jefferson’s hand: “Gibson & Jefferson July 8 14.” Even before his retirement from public life, Jefferson was an avid farmer, noting in various writings that he was "attached to horticulture by inclination" and that he believed that "those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God." Indeed, the gardens and fields at Monticello were no mere diversion for Jefferson, but a source of income and a laboratory for agricultural research and experimentation. The original recipient of letter, Patrick Gibson, was Jefferson’s agent in Richmond for the sale of products from Monticello. Matted and framed with an antique portrait engraving to an overall size of 23 x 17.75. Light toning and faint scattered spotting, and a few mild wrinkles, otherwise fine condition. The writing is clear and dark throughout. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #331 - Ended March 12, 2008