Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 15 March 1812

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Mar. 15 12.

Dear Sir

I safely recieved the clover seed by mr Peyton’s boat Johnson again disappointed me in taking down 36. barrels of my flour, instead of the full load of both his boats. I shall no longer trust to him alone therefore, but on the return of the Milton boats (all of which went down at the same time) shall employ others to take down the whole. in truth I begin to be uneasy lest the market should fail, and wish you to sell as fast as you recieve it, so as to secure the price going.  Dr Brockenbrough will pay you on my account for John Harvie on demand 176.90 D

I have drawn on you this day in favor of D. Higginbotham for 82. D 15 c and having some debts in other states which ought now to be paid, I must pray you to make remittances for me as follows.

  to John Low, bookseller of New York  75
to John Barnes of George town 200.
to the bank of Fredericksbg for Nathaniel H. Hooe of K. George 131.50
I accordingly write to these persons that they will recieve from you shortly these sums respectively. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I have re-opened my letter to acknolege the rect of yours of the 11th since writing the above. I wish you to sell the whole of the tobo mentioned in it, for the best price you can get, be that what it may: and also to sell my flour as you recieve it for the price prevailing, which may be on a credit of 30. or 60. days, if it will make sensible difference in the price.— mr McIntosh of Norfolk will forward to you by the stage a small package of plants sent me from Scotland. I will pray you to pay the postage, & forward them along to Milton by the stage, as the season for planting them is fast passing by.

PoC (DLC); adjacent to signature: “Mr Gibson”; endorsement by TJ partially cut off. Recorded in SJL as a letter to Gibson & Jefferson.

SJL records a missing letter of 15 Mar. 1812 to David higginbotham. It probably contained TJ’s instructions that a total of $82.15 be paid as follows: $30.82 for “acceptance for James Salmons [i.e., Sammons]. ante Oct. 7.”; $13.33 for “a cow bot. by E. Bacon”; $13 for “a cow bot. of   Turner by E. Bacon”; and $25 for “my assumpsit for J. Salmons to Turner Oct. 7.” (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 , 2:1275). Fleming Turner described the latter two transactions in his own records, listing an account with TJ consisting of a September 1811 debt of $25 “To James Salmonds order on you paye 1st March 1812” and another of $13 described as “your bond paye 1st March 1812 above left in hands David Higginbotham for collection,” balanced by $38 to TJ’s credit in March 1812 “By my dft on David Higginbotham in favour of Murphy Brown & Co and at My Cr. with them in a/c” (ViU: Fleming Turner Account Book [1806–23], 25–6).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • Bank of Fredericksburg search
  • Barnes, John; TJ pays search
  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Brockenbrough, John; as J. Harvie’s agent search
  • cattle; purchased by TJ search
  • clover; seed search
  • flour; sale of search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); tobacco sold for TJ search
  • Harvie, John (1783–1838); and sale of Belmont estate search
  • Higginbotham, David; letters to accounted for search
  • Higginbotham, David; TJ pays search
  • Higginbotham, David; TJ’s account with search
  • Hooe, Nathaniel Harris; TJ pays search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with M. Daingerfield and N. H. Hooe search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); carries flour to Richmond search
  • Low, John (ca.1790–1829); TJ subscribes to The New and Complete American Encyclopædia search
  • McIntosh, George; forwards gooseberry bushes to TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Overseers at; plantation accounts of search
  • Murphy Brown & Company (firm) search
  • overseers; plantation accounts of search
  • Peyton, Craven; and clover seed search
  • plants; sent to TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • Sammons, James; TJ pays search
  • Scotland; plants from search
  • seeds; clover search
  • subscriptions, for publications; encyclopedias search
  • The New and Complete American Encyclopædia: or, Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences search
  • tobacco; sale of search
  • Turner, Fleming; account with TJ search