Sale of Monticello Notice
January 1827

When Jefferson died he left his family deep in debt. His beloved Monticello and all his possessions were sold within three years. The “Executor’s Sale” in the winter of 1827 put up for sale 130 of his slaves, while five were freed in accordance with his will. Unified slave families that Jefferson maintained during his life were separated and sold.
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Executor's Sale
Will be sold, on the fifteenth of January, at Monticello, in the county of Albemarle, the whole of the residue of the personal estate of Thomas Jefferson, dec., consisting of 130 Valuable Negroes, Stock, Crop, and Choulhold and Kitchen Furniture. The attention of the public is earnestly invited to this property. The negroes are believed to be the most valuable for their number ever offered at one time in the State of Virginia. The household furniture, many valuable historical and portrait paintings, busts of marble and plaster of distinguished individuals; one of marble of Thomas Jefferson, by Caracei, with the pedestal and truncated column on which it stands; a polygraph or copying instrument used by Thomas Jefferson, for the last twenty-five years; with various other articles curious and useful to men of business and private families. The terms of sale will be accommodating and made known previous to the day. The sale will be continued from day to day until completed. This sale being unavoidable, it is a sufficient guarantee to the public, that it will take place at the time and place appointed. Thomas J. Randolph, Executor of Ths. Jefferson, dec. January 6, 1827-2? The paintings and busts of Thos. Jefferson, dec. will not be offered for sale on the 15th of January next, but will be sent to some one of the large cities and then sold, after due notice.

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