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PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER 04/30/1812 - HFSID 285995

THOMAS JEFFERSON Jefferson handwrote, signed and dated this letter from Monticello in 1812 to James Leitch, a merchant in Charlottesville, Virginia. He wrote that he wanted a bottle of olive oil for an upcoming trip: "The more of it he can spare in silver, the more convenient it will be for the road.

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THOMAS JEFFERSON
Jefferson handwrote, signed and dated this letter from Monticello in 1812 to James Leitch, a merchant in Charlottesville, Virginia. He wrote that he wanted a bottle of olive oil for an upcoming trip: "The more of it he can spare in silver, the more convenient it will be for the road." Jefferson was fascinated by the olive plant and ate olive oil regularly; it's one of the reasons he lived to 83 in a time when the average lifespan was 40.
Third-person autograph letter signed "Th. Jefferson", 1p, 7x4. Monticello, April 30, 1812. Addressed on verso by Jefferson to "Mr. Leitch". In full: "Th. Jefferson understanding that Mr Leitch has olive oil, will be glad of a bottle of it. Being to set out on a journey within 2 or 3 days he asks the favor of him to change the inclosed bill [not included]. The more of it he can spare in silver, the more convenient it will be for the road." JAMES LEITCH was a merchant in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Leitch Storehouse still stands at 230-218 Court Square in downtown Charlottesville. Two miles southeast of Charlottesville, Monticello was built on land that Jefferson had inherited from his family. Designed by Jefferson, construction on Monticello began in 1769 but continued for decades as Jefferson added to the house. Olive oil was a necessity in the Jefferson household. His 1,000-foot-long kitchen garden terrace at Monticello was an experimental laboratory where he cultivated 70 different species and 250 varieties of vegetables. He referred to the olive as "the richest gift of heaven" and "the most interesting plant in existence." In 1800, the average life span was 40. Jefferson's vegetable diet helped him live until the age of 83. Signature in fine condition. Writing dark and clear. Originally cut at upper right with tears in right blank portion and at left center, the letter has been repaired. Vertical folds had separated, which were tape repaired on verso with light tape stains showing through touching some text. Creased and torn at blank right margin, also repaired. Lightly soiled. 1-inch horizontal cut (all intact) touches date. Otherwise in fine condition.

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