Thomas Jefferson Papers

Patrick Gibson to Thomas Jefferson, 8 January 1814

From Patrick Gibson

Richmond 8th January 1814


Since the arrival of the Cartel at Annapolis bringing dispatches from England to our Government, there has been much speculation in our market, founded upon the supposition that peace would either directly or indirectly grow out of it—flour which last week would not command 4$ has this week been sold at 5½ Cash & 5¾$ 60d/.—these still continue to be the prices, altho little is now doing—letters from Alexandria mention the appointment and confirmation by the Senate of Rufus King as minister to London, I cannot learn that any information has been received from Washington to that effect—I have as yet made no sale of your flour, and shall be glad to receive your instructions as soon as convenient—I inclose you a Copy of your account current to the 31st Ulto leaving a balance in your favor of $1123.54—

With great respect I am Your obt Servt

Patrick Gibson

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 Jan. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

The British cartel schooner Bramble reached Annapolis on 30 Dec. 1813. The dispatches it carried, which included Foreign Secretary Lord Castlereagh’s call for direct peace negotiations between the warring parties, were immediately sent on to Washington (Baltimore Patriot & Evening Advertiser, 1 Jan. 1814; Stagg, Madison’s War description begins John C. A. Stagg, Mr. Madison’s War: Politics, Diplomacy, and Warfare in the Early American Republic, 1783–1830, 1983 description ends , 369–70). The rumor that the Federalist senator Rufus King had been appointed United States minister to london was untrue.

Index Entries

  • Bramble (schooner) search
  • Castlereagh, Robert Stewart, Viscount; as foreign secretary search
  • flour; at Richmond search
  • flour; price of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from search
  • King, Rufus; as U.S. senator search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); flour from search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • War of1812; and peace negotiations search
  • War of1812; and prices search