Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Gibson & Jefferson, 23 October 1812

To Gibson & Jefferson

Monticello Oct. 23. 12.

Dear Sir

Your favors of Oct. 1. & 9. were recieved in due time. since mine of Sep. 18. I have drawn on you as follows

Oct. 13. in favor of Eli Alexander  53.67
Messrs Leitch 100.
Oct. 19. J. Winston Garth 194.
do  35.

and I have now to ask the favor of you to send me 300.D. by the return of post, so that when I come to make the draught in favor of Craven Peyton for his portion of the bill of exchange (supposed 500 D) which must be about Nov. 12. I shall have overdrawn that fund. whether I shall have flour in your hands by that time to cover the overdraughts will depend on the state of the two rivers, as I have wheat at the mills both here & in Bedford & a right to call for the flour. I shall go to Bedford within a week or fortnight and shall count on being able to forward flour from thence immediately on my arrival,1 if that river admits it, which this does not as yet. at any rate the advance which mr Craven’s draught will occasion shall be quickly covered. a debt to a person going unexpectedly to the Western country occasions the call for the 300.D. at this time, & the probability of overdrawing for mr Peyton before I can get flour down. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Messrs Gibson & Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ’s payment to eli alexander covered “sawing done at Colo. Monroe’s saw mill.” He paid Jesse winston garth $94.35 to cover his Albemarle County taxes and $100 to repay a loan in that amount from Garth. The additional $35 was “the price of a lumber house on my lands at Milton heretofore held by Anderson Rowe, accdg. to his agreemt. with Wm. Johnson” (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 , 2:1283).

SJL records a missing letter from TJ to Garth of 24 July 1812.

1Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Alexander, Eli; TJ’s dispute with search
  • Garth, Jesse Winston; letters to accounted for search
  • Garth, Jesse Winston; TJ pays taxes to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and C. Peyton’s arrangement with TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and wheat sold by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); letters to search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Leitch, Samuel & James (Charlottesville firm); TJ’s account with search
  • Peyton, Craven; and J. Peyton’s estate search
  • Rowe (Roe), Anderson; TJ purchases storehouse from search
  • taxes; TJ pays search