Thomas Jefferson Papers

LeRoy, Bayard & Company to Thomas Jefferson, 7 June 1817

From LeRoy, Bayard & Company

Newyork the 7 June 1817.


M. P. Gibson having further remitted us on your account $255.6. to meet the $256.79.—mention’d & in respect of the 20t ulto whereby the first of your Bonds to Mess. N. & J. & R Van Staphorst for $1000. with Interest, becomes cancelled we have the honor of Sending you Said bond, here enclosed, with our receipt thereon and acknowledging your favr of 25: ulto we Salute1 with great respect

Sir Yr m H Serv

LeRoy Bayard & Co

RC (DLC); in the hand of a representative of LeRoy, Bayard & Company; at head of text: “The Honoble Thomas Jefferson, Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 June 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: bond of TJ to van Staphorst & Hubbard, 26 Mar. 1797, for a $1,000 installment on a $2,000 loan, to be paid before 1 Oct. 1800, with 6 percent interest due at that time (MS in DLC: TJ Papers, 101:17333–4, in TJ’s hand and signed by him, with signature mutilated to cancel bond, witnessed by David Watson, with attestation in TJ’s hand signed by justice of the peace Thomas Bell and certified by signature of Albemarle County clerk John Nicholas on 3 Apr. 1797, endorsed at foot of text in same hand as covering letter [trimmed]: “Received Payment of the within Bond pr One thous[and] Dollars with Interest Newyork June 7h 1817 LeRoy Bayard & Co pr N & J & R Van Staphorst of Amst[erdam],” docketed in an unidentified hand: “Thos Jefferson. Oble groot $1,000—vervalt 1 October 1800. a 6 p.c.—van 1 October 1796 af” [“Thos Jefferson. bond for $1,000 due 1 October 1800 at 6 percent from 1 October 1796 onwards”], with additional calculations by TJ:

1796. Oct 1. 1000.
1817. June 7. Int. @ 6 p.c. 20 y–8 m–7 D  1240.1/
PrC in DLC: TJ Papers, 101:17336–7, lacking signatures of witness, justice, and county clerk, with unfilled blanks for names and date in attestation, lacking docket and TJ’s calculations).

The bond returned here was one of two TJ enclosed to van Staphorst & Hubbard in a letter of 27 Mar. 1797 (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 40 vols. description ends , 29:329–31; 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 , 2:957).

1Manuscript: “Saluute.”

Index Entries

  • Bell, Thomas; as justice of the peace search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; bonds with van Staphorst & Hubbard search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); and TJ’s debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); letters from search
  • Nicholas, John; as Albemarle Co. clerk search
  • Staphorst, N. & J. & R. van; TJ’s debt to search
  • van Staphorst & Hubbard (Amsterdam firm); TJ’s bonds to search
  • Watson, David; witnesses bond search