Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Bernard Peyton, 25 June 1821

Richd 25 June 1821

Dear Sir,

I am without a Blank for the renewal of your note of $2,250, due at the United States Bank tomorrow; & will be compelled to put in my own in its sted, to avoid a protest.

In order to obviate this difficulty in future, would you be willing to trust me with a power of Atty to sign for you in the several Banks here, according to the enclosed form, & which is almost universally practised by those who live at a distance, & have business of this sort to transact, in order to avoid the inconvenience of an omission, & the risk of transmitting & preserving blanks.   I only mention this for your sake, & hope you will not adopt it if you have the slightest scruples, as at any rate, (either in holding blanks or signing by atty,) the responsibility & risk I am exposed to, is about equal, & one I feel very sensibly. I already have a power of Atty from Jefferson, for the U. States & Farmers Banks, which are duely filed there—

With great respect Sir Your Mo: Obd:

Bernard Peyton

P.S. The enclosed power must be acknowledged before a magistrate, & two witnesses to your signature beside

N.B. Your Wine from Marblehead is this moment to hand, & shall be forwarded by the first trusty Boat—

B. P.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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