Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: Thomas Jefferson’s Receipt for John Peyton’s Effects, 11 August 1809


Receipt for John Peyton’s Effects

New Orleans 11. Aug. 1809. Recieved of mr Robert Peyton Admr to the estate of John Peyton decd the following effects, viz.

An order on Major Milton dated 24. June 1809. for 55. D 55.
An invoice of 9. saddles left with Nathanl Evans Fort Adams.
Robert Peyton’s for 17. saddles.
James Johnston’s (Natchez) rect of 3. June for 7. saddles.
Rob. Peyton’s note dated Camp Columbia 13. May 1809 on demand for
Valicourt’s reciept for 2.
pipes containg 133. deerskins & 29 shaved
A bill of lading signed H. Harding of Schooner Deborah for 69. bales of cotton
A. D. Abraham’s My 1 Agent set of exchange dated New Orleans 28th June 1809. on Secy of war at 30. days sight for 1000. D 1000.
Do Do of 29. June Do Do for do 1000.
An account against Wm Brand for 362.⁴⁄₁₀₀ D 362. 04

Recieved the Vouchers enumerated in the above inventory from Robt Peyton admr of John Peyton decd. New Orleans 12. Aug. 1809

A. L. Duncan Atty in fact
of R. Peyton

PoC of Tr (MHi); entirely in TJ’s hand; with following enclosure subjoined.

John Peyton (d. 1809), brother of Craven and Robert Peyton, occasionally hauled goods for and sold lime and sadlery to TJ. He served as postmaster at Milton from January 1806 until his death. Peyton headed west in the spring of 1809, entrusted with the sale of slaves belonging to John Gilmer. He sold the slaves, but died soon thereafter at New Orleans (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1004, 1155, 1203, 1226; Axelson, Virginia Postmasters description begins Edith F. Axelson, Virginia Postmasters and Post Offices, 1789–1832, 1991 description ends , 5; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901 description ends , 295; TJ to Abraham Bradley, 7 Sept. 1809; TJ to Benjamin Morgan, 27 Oct. 1810). A letter from John Gilmer’s brother George Gilmer to TJ of 14 Jan. 1810, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Milton the same day.

Abner Lawson Duncan (ca. 1777–1823) was a lawyer in New Orleans whose prominent clients included James Wilkinson in 1808 and Andrew Jackson in 1815. He served as a volunteer aide to Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. A strong opponent of Spanish rule in the New World, Duncan supported an 1810 rebellion in West Florida and subsequent movements for independence in Texas. He lost a bid to become governor of Louisiana in 1820, and Jackson unsuccessfully recommended him to President James Monroe for a judgeship in 1821. Late in life Duncan co-owned a steam ferry on the Mississippi River at New Orleans (Malcolm D. McLean, ed., Papers Concerning Robertson’s Colony in Texas [1974], liii; Terr. Papers description begins Clarence E. Carter and John Porter Bloom, eds., The Territorial Papers of the United States, 1934–75, 28 vols. description ends , 9:639, 664; Jackson, Papers description begins Sam B. Smith, Harold D. Moser, Daniel Feller, and others, eds., The Papers of Andrew Jackson, 1980– , 6 vols. description ends , 3:226–7, 340–3, 5:4, 12n; New Orleans Louisiana Gazette, 27 Dec. 1823).

TJ appointed Robert Peyton (d. 1813) an ensign in the United States Army in 1804. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1806 and captain in 1812 (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901 description ends , 295; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 1:467, 468, 2:51, 53, 297, 302, 404 [24, 26 Mar. 1804, 25, 27 Feb. 1807, 9, 10 Nov. 1812, 28 July 1813]; Heitman, U.S. Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1903, 2 vols. description ends , 1:787).

1Probably an abbreviation of “Military.”

Index Entries

  • Abrahams, A. D. search
  • Brand, William search
  • cotton; at New Orleans search
  • crops; at New Orleans search
  • Deborah (schooner) search
  • deer skins search
  • Duncan, Abner Lawson; and J. Peyton’s estate search
  • Duncan, Abner Lawson; identified search
  • Eustis, William; as secretary of war search
  • Evans, Nathaniel search
  • Fort Adams, Miss. Territory search
  • Gilmer, George (d.1836); letters from accounted for search
  • Harding, H. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and J. Peyton’s estate search
  • Johnston, James search
  • Milton, Homer Virgil search
  • Mississippi Territory; Fort Adams search
  • Peyton, John; estate of search
  • Peyton, John; identified search
  • Peyton, John; receipt for effects of search
  • Peyton, Robert; and J. Peyton’s estate search
  • Peyton, Robert; identified search
  • saddles search
  • Valicourt, Mr. search