Thomas Jefferson Papers

Patrick Gibson to Thomas Jefferson, 11 March 1812

From Patrick Gibson

Richmond 11th March 1812


Having at length succeeded in getting your Tobacco reviewed I shall now give you my opinion of it corroborated by the judgement of some of my friends who are more in the habit of purchasing and shipping—

Nos 2593 & 2032 bright-colr good order & well flavd worth about  6 ½ $
2031 dark  mix’d & tolerably well flavd 4
2033     ragged tho’  3
2030     and sour 2
2029     with mould 1 ½
2034 stemmd very mean dirty & bad flavr 1

these are the prices which I think might be expected for such Tobacco, if a purchaser could be met with, which I suppose might be found amongst our manufacturers the first two are the only Hhds worth shipping I shall however wait your instructions respecting them—The ten bushels Cloverseed order’d in yours of the 1st were sent on the 6th by C: Peyton’s Billy to the care of Mr Higginbotham

The Nail rod & bar iron has at last arrived and shall be sent up by Johnson

Flour has become very dull, a sale could not now be made at more than 9$ cash this fall is in consequence of an impression that an embargo may shortly be expected; and the accounts received this morning from Washington, respecting the conspiracy has tended to increace that apprehension I am with great respect

Your obt Servt

Patrick Gibson

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Gibson & Jefferson received 15 Mar. 1812.

SJL records missing letters from David higginbotham of 14 Feb., received from Milton on 15 Feb. 1812, and of 7 Mar., received from Milton presumably on that date but listed as received 6 Mar. 1812.

Index Entries

  • Billy (C. Peyton’s slave); transports clover seed search
  • clover; seed search
  • Embargo Act (1812); effects of search
  • flour; price of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and embargo search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and building materials acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and seeds acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); tobacco sold for TJ search
  • Higginbotham, David; and clover seed for TJ search
  • Higginbotham, David; letters from accounted for search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • naileries; nailrod and iron stock search
  • Peyton, Craven; and clover seed search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • seeds; clover search
  • tobacco; poor quality of TJ’s search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search