Richmond May 20th 1819
My Dear Sir
On account of the uncertainty of what cou’d be gotten from the Banks, after writing to you, I advised Mr Gibson, to apply at the N. J. B so as to take the chance at both. your note was done there for over half the sum, on that day it wou’d not have been done for any other man for any part, but it was done with the understanding it wou’d be paid when due. On account of that circumstance, I requested the whole of the note for $3000 shou’d be done this day at the Farmers Bank. It was done for the full sum. I have seen one of the directors only, he said no time was fixed, it possible therefore they may require the $3000 dollars at the end of sixty as they will certainly expect the thousand, at the N.J. Bank after the issue of that time. Under this uncertainty I wou’d recommend my Dear Sir, that you shou’d let one thousand dollars remain at the Farmers Bank to meet the payment at the other. I infer from your letter to me & to Mr Gibson it was only your intention to have a discount for $3000. I have thus far only given him $2000 of the amount at the F.B. I did not see your letter to Mr Gibson until the discount of the note sent to me was obtained, or it shou’d only have been done for two thirds of the sum. the balance awaits your directions
W. C. Nicholas
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.