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Gave in charity 4.D. do 1.D.
Recd. from J. Barnes 100.D
Inclosed the same to S Snowden in charity for the sick of Alexandria
Gave in charity 4.D.
Thomas Jefferson’s Memorandum Books, 1803 (Entry for September 29)

In the face of coronavirus, I’m excerpting correspondence about diseases that ravaged the nation in Thomas Jefferson’s time.

Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Grateful leaders are generous people.
Jefferson’s Memorandum Books were a detailed record he kept for many years, primarily of his income and expenses. This date’s entry records four charity donations. “4.D.” would be $4. “do 1.D.” would mean ditto (do.) $1. Perhaps both amounts were given at the same time? Later in the day was another $4 for charity.

In between, he recorded the receipt of $100, followed by another entry, a donation “for the sick in Alexandria.” Perhaps “Inclosed the same” meant he sent the $100 he received from Barnes to the relief effort. Footnote 54 for this entry referenced a serious yellow fever epidemic in Alexandria, VA.

The President spent August and September every year at Monticello, escaping the worst months for the yellow fever along Atlantic coast. Many were not so fortunate to be able to flee inland. He was aware of their plight.

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