Thomas Jefferson Papers

Patrick Gibson to Thomas Jefferson, 27 February 1812

From Patrick Gibson

Richmond 27th February 1812—


I received your favor of the 24th and shall attend to your instructions relative to your old Albemarle crop, I expected to have given you the requisite information for this mail, but find the hands at Shockoe so much engaged, that it cannot be open’d until the last of the week—fine Tobaccos sell very readily at from 7 to 9$ at this last price mr Bruce sold his crop; at the same time Tobo of tolerably good quality can with difficulty be disposed of at 4 & 5$— Our flour market is at this time very dull, several sales have been made at 9 $ there is however so little to be expected down the river and our millers have so small a stock on hand, that I think there is a probability of its reviving—

The Wine, Almonds & 2 boxes are received from Alexandria and shall be sent up by Johnson with the molasses & corks, and likewise ten bushels burnet seed the 10lbs of bar tin was sent by mr Johnson the 12th Inst, Adam’s ploughs have arrived but he has received none smaller than No 4 (the smallest size is No 1) be pleased to inform me whether the No 4 will answer—The nail rod &c has not yet arrived I cannot account for the delay as the bill of Loading is dated the 19th Decemr—You will receive inclosed 100$ in ten dollar notes.—

Accept my sincere thanks for your kind expressions of sympathy and condolance, altho’ vain and ineffectual in restoring me to happiness, they are yet received with the deepest sensibility, and impart no small degree of alleviation in this severest of trials.—I pray you Sir freely to command my services, whenever they can be useful to you—I am with great respect & esteem—

Your Obt Servt

Patrick Gibson

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); endorsed by TJ as received 1 Mar. 1812 from “Gibson & Jefferson” and so recorded in SJL.

Patrick Gibson (ca. 1775–1827), merchant, emigrated by 1797 from England to Richmond. There he took TJ’s cousin George Jefferson into his firm, which later became the partnership of Gibson & Jefferson. In 1811 Gibson was appointed a director of the Bank of Virginia. TJ employed his firm to handle his Richmond commissions from 1797 until 1820. After George Jefferson’s death in July 1812, Gibson became one of TJ’s most prolific correspondents (George Jefferson to TJ, 8 Mar. 1811; Fillmore Norfleet, Saint-Mémin in Virginia: Portraits and Biographies [1942], 107, 165–6; 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 , esp. 2:975–6; Vi: Gibson Family Papers; Richmond Enquirer, 20 Dec. 1827).

TJ’s favor of the 24th, not found, is recorded in SJL as a letter to “Gibson & Jefferson.” TJ had evidently expressed sympathy and condolance to Gibson for the death of his wife, Elizabeth Sanderson Gibson, in the Richmond Theatre fire of 26 Dec. 1811 (Baltimore Weekly Register, 11 Jan. 1812).

Index Entries

  • Adams, Samuel G.; merchant search
  • almonds; sent to TJ search
  • Bruce, Mr.; tobacco crop of search
  • burnet search
  • corks; sent to TJ search
  • flour; price of search
  • food; almonds search
  • food; molasses search
  • Gibson, Elizabeth Sanderson (Patrick Gibson’s wife); death of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and currency for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and plows for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; identified search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and agricultural equipment acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and building materials acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and food acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and household articles acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); letters to accounted for search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); tobacco sold for TJ search
  • household articles; corks search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • molasses; provided to TJ search
  • naileries; nailrod and iron stock search
  • nuts; almond search
  • plows.; TJ orders search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; fires in search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • Richmond, Va.; warehouses in search
  • seeds; burnet search
  • tin search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search
  • wine; sent to TJ search