After his arrival in Albemarle County, Dr. Gilmer served as the attending physician to Jefferson and his family and his services to the Jefferson family from 1771-1775 are itemized in his personal "day book." In the summer of 1776, he attended the Fifth Virginia Convention in Williamsburg, acting in Jefferson's stead. During the Revolution, he became a Lieutenant in the Albemarle County First Independent Company of Gentleman Volunteers as well as a military surgeon. On August 9, 1780, Jefferson wrote to his friend stating his intention, while Governor, to contribute rice and money to Dr. Gilmer’s hospital.
After Jefferson gave this table to George Gilmer, it descended for four generations through the Grattan branch of his family to Robert Grattan, who sold it in 1925. Mr. Grattan’s letters regarding the tavern table’s history will accompany this lot. Additional information regarding Dr. George Gilmer is in the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia and available on Monticello's website www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/george-gilmer.
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