Extract from Memoirs of a Monticello Slave

He kept three fiddles: played in the arternoons & sometimes arter supper. This was in his early time: When he begin to git so old he didn’t play … Mr. Jefferson always singing when ridin or walkin: hardly see him anywhar out doors but what he was a-singin: Had a fine clear voice: sung minnits (minuets) & sich; fiddled in the parlor. Old master very kind to servants.

MS (ViU). Published in Rayford W. Logan, ed., Memoirs of a Monticello Slave, as Dictated to Charles Campbell in the 1840’s by Isaac, one of Thomas Jefferson’s Slaves (Charlottesville, 1951), 23.
Charles Campbell
Isaac Jefferson
Date Range
January 1, 1847 to December 31, 1847
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson