Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Craven Peyton, 23 February 1803

To Craven Peyton

Washington Feb. 23. 1803.

Dear Sir

Before I ventured to write you my letter of the 8th. inst. I entered into arrangements with my banker in Georgetown to be sure that I could punctually comply with what was therein undertaken. immediately on the reciept of yours to-day I went to him again to see if he could throw the two paiments of 500. D. each promised for March & April into one of 1000. D. for March. on examining the state of his affairs he undertook1 to do it. I therefore am able now to inclose you a draught on Gibson & Jefferson as you desire for 1000. D. payable at their counting house the 10th. of March, & shall inform them that the money shall be in their hands by the post of that evening. I shall be happy if the accomplishment of this object shall render the arrangements of the letter of the 8th. instant suitable to your purposes. Accept my best wishes & respects.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Mrs. G. T. Errickson, Lexington, Kentucky, 1956); addressed: “Mr. Craven Peyton Albemarle” and “by mr Hunter.” PrC (ViU); pressed on same sheet as enclosure; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Recorded in SJL with notation “1000. D.” Enclosure: Order on Gibson & Jefferson, dated Washington, 23 Feb., noting, “Pay to Craven Peyton or order one thousand dollars on the tenth day of March ensuing for value recieved” (PrC in same; at foot of text: “1000. D.” and “Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson”).

my banker in georgetown: John Barnes.

inform them: see TJ to George Jefferson, 25 Feb. TJ recorded this $1,000 order in his financial records at 23 Feb. as “part paimt. land” (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1093).

1Interlined in place of “agreed.”

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