Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Bernard Peyton, 19 August 1824

Richd 19 Augst 1824

Dear Sir,

Your Tobacco was inspected and sold yesterday, in presence of every dealer, in that article, in this city, & in the manner wished by them, of course every one had a fair chance, & the Tobacco, the best prospect of doing well—the first choice Hhd: brot $8.35, the next five choice, brot $8, the next Hhd: $7.05, & so on down to $2.45, which was the lowest, for the refused buys eight of the Hhds: were damaged, by the Boatmen (or some say else,) which I had assessed, immediately, by two disinterested judges, & have this day forwarded their certificate, of the same, to A. Robertson Esqr, of Lynchburg, with a view to his stoping it from the fght: of the Boatmen, as their fght is to be paid there, out of the $120 Dolls. fordd to him, for that purpose, on your a/c, as mentioned in my last.

Your overseer put the Tobacco up in good order, but it was not well culd—it was all short, but two Hhds, & of pretty good substance generally— The advices from Europe have been so discouraging, for a considerable time past, in relation to this article, that prices were obliged to give way, or ruin was inevitable—In my next will hand a/c sales—

Your Tin, a band Box & Bundle from Balto: for one of your grand Daughters, will be ford this day, by a Waggon, to Jacobs & Raphael,

With great respect Dr Sir Yours very Truly

Bernard Peyton

La-Fayette has safely arrived at New York

B. P.


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