Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Willson Peale to Thomas Jefferson, 25 June 1809

From Charles Willson Peale

Museum June 25th 1809.

Dear Sir

Mr Randolph took his passage in the New Castle line of Land and water Stages on Wednesday last, since which we have received the inclosed letter to him. And the enclosed bill of lading will shew that I have sent by the Schooner Liberty, Captn Lewis two Boxes & one Trunk, directed to the care of Messrs Gibson & Jefferson at Richmond, belonging to Mr Randolph.

Although I sent you part of the acct of the Mr Randolph’s expences &c in my letter of Decr 23d 1808. yet for the better view of his whole expences, I shall transcribe the various interies from my book. as follows. Vizt

 Octr 6. 1808. c
 Lens to a seal for yr self 25
Umberella for Mr Randolph 5, 50
Novr 19. Cash for the carriage of a Polygraph to Baltre 25
25. Washing womans Bill 5 Dozn & 5 pieces 3. 62½
Bells Anatomy 22. 00
Chaptals Chemistry neatly bound 5. 75
Doctr Phisicks Ticket to surgical Lectures1 15.
Doctr Woodhouse Do to Chemical do 20.
31st Case of dissecting2 Instruments 9.
2¼ Yds of Drab cloath for a surtout 11. 25
Ticket of Matriculation (University) 4.
Hospital Ticket 10.
Pocket money to Mr Randolph 4.
Taylors Bill for triming, & making Surtout 6. 50
Decr 23d Cash to Mr Randolph to purchase a Skeleton &c 10.
2½ yds of Cotton Cassimer @ 1,50 3. 75
3½ Dozn Buttons (home manufacture) 1. 18
25h 10 Weeks board of Mr Randolph @ 4$ per Week 40.
 Carried over——— $172, 05½3
1808 Decr 27. Cash to Mr Randolph 5.
Cost of repairing his Watch 1, 50
Doctr Bartons Ticket4 of Lectures on N. history 7.
Jany 9. 1809. Cash to Mr Randolph for stockings & a Book on Anatomy5 10.
Boots foxed & a Pr of New boots 9. 87½
Washing bill paid Jany 6. 3. 44
19. Cash 10.
20. Ditto 5.
31. Ditto 10.
Feby 8  Cash to pay Mr Dobson 6.
Cash for Mr Randolph to purchase Wax for Injections 10.
16. Cash 5.
20. Ditto 3.
Cash for silk. 18c Hat 6$ Leather Trunk 9. 15. 18.
Washing Womans bill. 8 Doz & 5. piecs @ 5/ per Doz. 5. 56
28. Cash—20$ Six pieces 2/6 23. 33
Cash—on his Visit home 26. 25
Board 9½ Weeks @ 4$ Pr Week 38. 00.
April 11. Cash to Mr Randolph 5.
25  Bartons Elements of Botany 6.
May 2. Jean & Muslin for Vests 4. 62½
8. Cash to Mr Randolph 12.
13. Ditto 5.
15. Doctr Bartons botanical Lectures 12.
23. Cash for a Pr of Boots 10.
25. Cash 36.
Voils & Powder 3. 36
Lamp Chain for Mr Jefferson 1. 50
June 20. Cash 5.
Board from the 2d April to June 22. 44.
Washer womans Bill for 13 Dozn & 11 piecs 9. 27
Cash had on the 10th of Rubens Peale 5.
Cash to bear Mr Randolph expenses home 41. 11.
$565, 05½
1808. Octr 15  Recd of Mr Jefferson  100. } 516. 6
Nov. 9  Ditto 50 
Dec.  Ditto 60 
1809 Jany 8. Ditto 50 
Feb. 8. Ditto 56 
13. Ditto 50 
March 13. Ditto 150 
Ballance $ 49, 05½
Errors Excepted C W Peale

Dr Sir I have endeavored to be correct in the forgoing acct and particular as conveniently as I could for the better government of Mr Randolphs expences, as he knew I would give you the particulars. taking into view his age he may be considered an Œconomist. Doctr Wistar told me that he wished him to have staid a few days longer that he might have had the pleasure of some rides with into7 the neighbouring country. Please to tell him for me, that I think Mrs Wistar will be pleased if he can send her some of the Chrystals, from Wires Cave, to ornament her mantle piece.

My Son Rembrandt is now with me waiting with much anxiety to get a passage to some part of the Continant of Europe with his family, to persue what he calls his glorious plan of Portraits. I hope he will shortly find a public Vessel going—in such case I have said as much as ought to be said to enduce the Executive to appoint him Messenger, because I really beleive his talents intitle him to such favors.

I am with much esteem Dear Sir your friend

C W Peale

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 July 1809 and so recorded in SJL. PoC (PPAmP: Peale Letterbook). Enclosure: TJ to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, 20 June 1809. Other enclosure not found.

Peale sent an account for Thomas Jefferson Randolph through 25 Dec. 1808 in his letter of 23 Dec. 1808 (DLC). Boots are foxed by renewing the upper leather (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). voils: probably vials (phials) that TJ ordered on 6 May 1809.wires cave: Weyers Cave, Augusta County.

1Manuscript: “Letures.”

2Manuscript: “discecting.”

3Repeated intermediate sum at head of page two omitted.

4Manuscript: “Tcket.”

5Manuscript: “Antomy.”

6In PoC Peale here noted: “Recd of Mr Jefferson.”

7Thus in manuscript.

Index Entries

  • anatomy; books on search
  • Anatomy of the Human Body (John Bell) search
  • Augusta County, Va.; Weyers Cave search
  • Barton, Benjamin Smith; botany lectures search
  • Bell, John (surgeon); Anatomy of the Human Body search
  • caves; Weyer’s search
  • Chaptal, Jean Antoine, comte de; Elements of Chemistry search
  • chemistry; books on search
  • clothing; for T. J. Randolph in Philadelphia search
  • Dobson, Mr. search
  • Elements of Chemistry (Chaptal) search
  • furniture; seed press search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); transports goods search
  • household articles; alabaster lamp search
  • lamps, alabaster; brass chain for search
  • Lewis, Capt.; master of schooner Liberty search
  • Liberty (ship) search
  • machines; polygraph search
  • Peale, Charles Willson; and expenses for T. J. Randolph search
  • Peale, Charles Willson; letters from search
  • Peale, Rembrandt; portraits of Europeans search
  • Physick, Philip Syng; lectures of search
  • polygraph; and C. W. Peale search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); clothing search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); expenses paid by TJ search
  • seed press; vials for search
  • textiles; cotton cassimer search
  • textiles; jean search
  • Weyers Cave, Va. search
  • Wistar, Caspar; and T. J. Randolph search
  • Wistar, Elizabeth Mifflin (Caspar Wistar’s wife) search
  • Woodhouse, James search