Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 21 November 1814

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Nov. 21. 14.

Dear Sir

I inclose you a note of mr John Harvie for 176.90 which has been due since the 1st of March & had escaped my notice. he informed me Dr Brokenborough was his agent in this state and would pay these notes as they should become due. will you be so good as to make the application? another will be due in about 3. months. I must ask the favor of you to send me 75.D. in single Dollar bills by my grandson the bearer of this, and who will stay but a few hours in Richmond. few of these have reached us yet and1 we are totally without change2 as since the stoppage of issues of3 cash by the banks, nobody will give silver in change. I must also request you to send me by Johnson’s boat a bale of about 300.℔ of cotton. we use about 3 such bales a year here and 2 in Bedford, which last however we get at Lynchbg where it is generally4 as cheap as in Richmond. Capt Miller of Norfolk informs me he has sent a cask for me to your address; which also I would wish to be trusted to Johnson only.5 I have directed my tobo in Bedfd to be prized but not sent away till further order, being much at a loss what to do with it. of peace there is no prospect till another campaign. but if it be true that the neutral vessels have been discharged at Halifax, it would seem that the neutrals are respected by England and that a neutral demand may arise. I shall be glad of your advices from time to time. Your’s with great respect & esteem


Dft (NHi: Thomas Jefferson Papers); on verso of reused address cover of Edward Coles to TJ, 26 Sept. 1814; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

TJ’s grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph was the bearer. American newspapers began reporting late in October 1814 that in halifax “an order had been received … permitting the neutral vessels which have been sent in there and not adjudicated, to sail for their original ports of destination in the United States, not known to them to be blockaded at the time they commenced their voyages, and to return with cargoes” (Boston New-England Palladium, 28 Oct. 1814). This announcement was soon determined to be unfounded (Providence Rhode-Island American, and General Advertiser, 15 Nov. 1814).

1Preceding eight words interlined, with the first word reworked from “none.”

2TJ here canceled “in this neighborhood.”

3Preceding two words interlined in place of “paying.”

4Preceding four words interlined.

5Sentence interlined.

Index Entries

  • Belmont tract; sale of search
  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Brockenbrough, John; as J. Harvie’s agent search
  • cotton; purchased by TJ search
  • cotton; used at Monticello search
  • cotton; used at Poplar Forest search
  • currency; sent to TJ search
  • food; biscuits search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and currency for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments to TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Great Britain; peace with search
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia; rumored discharge of neutral ships from search
  • Harvie, John (1783–1838); and sale of Belmont estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; payments by J. Harvie search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; peace with Great Britain search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Miller, Joseph; sends biscuits to TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); cotton used at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); cotton used at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); delivers letter to P. Gibson search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Southwest Mountain tract (Albemarle Co.); J. Harvie pays TJ for search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; prizing of search
  • War of1812; British blockade search