Notice of Sale of Monticello and Other Lands to Pay Thomas Jefferson’s Debts

Mr. Jefferson’s Debts—At the time of Mr. Jefferson’s death, his debts amounted to $107,000. This we know, from having seen a list, accompanied by unquestionable evidence of its correctness. From the Sales of personal estate, in January, 1827, and the funds which came into his hands, his executor has paid the sum of $12,849 on account of the interest accruing on that debt, and the sum of $35,000 in part discharge of it. There is, therefore, at this time, the sum of $72,000, remaining unpaid, to pay which, the lands of Mr. Jefferson are now offered for sale.

Valuable Lands for Sale.

The Lands of the Estate of THOMAS JEFFERSON, deceased, lying in the Counties of Campbell and Bedford, will be offered on the premises, if not previously sold privately, on Monday, the 22d of September next.

Likewise, MONTICELLO, in the County of Albemarle, with the Lands of the said estate adjacent thereto, including the Shadwell Mills, will be offered on the premises, if not previously sold privately, on Monday, the 29th of September next. The whole of this property will be devided to suit purchasers. The sale being made for the payment of the testator’s debts, the desire to sell is sincere. The terms will be accommodating, and the prices anticipated low. Mrs. Randolph, of Monticello, will join in the conveyance, and will make the titles perfect.

Published in the Richmond Enquirer, 22 July 1828, and several other newspapers. The Alexandria Gazette of 16 July 1828 published these remarks at the head of the same notice: “Below will be found an advertisement of Thomas J. Randolph, executor of Mr. Jefferson, of the lands of his testator. Much has been said about the amount of Mr. Jefferson’s debts, and suspicions having prevailed at a distance, that the estimate which has been made of them was greatly exaggerated, we deem this not an inappropriate occasion to give such explanations on the subject, as we are in possession of; to the end that erroneous impressions, so far as they have existed, may be corrected, and justice done to the character of the living, and the memory of the dead.”
Richmond Enquirer
Date Range
July 22, 1828
Richmond , VA, Richmond Enquirer