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George Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson, 23 May 1811

From George Jefferson

Richmond 23d May 1811

Dear Sir

Flour having become more & more unsaleable from the date of my last, I found it impracticable to effect any further sale of yours at 9.½ $ in money, and was therefore induced to sell the whole of it (288 barrels) to Brown & Rives at that price, on a credit of 60 days, adding the bank discount.—As however we were not authorised by you to make a sale on credit, we enter it to your account as if it had been actually made for Cash, taking upon ourselves the risk of getting the paper discounted, as we should any other risk, had there been any other, but in the present case you know there is not.—

I beg that no feeling of delicacy may restrain you from drawing for this money immediately, as, if the situation of B & R’s account at the bank is such that their paper cannot be discounted, the present state of our own account is such,1 as to insure our obtaining money whenever we may require it, without its being attended with the smallest inconvenience.—

I inclose as you direct 150$ and am

Dear Sir Your Very humble servt

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 May 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ had evidently asked for 150$ in his letter to Jefferson of 19 May 1811, not found, but recorded in SJL.

1Jefferson here canceled “just at this time.”

Index Entries

  • Brown, Rives & Company (Richmond firm) search
  • crops; sales search
  • flour; at Richmond search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); sells TJ’s flour search
  • Richmond, Va.; firms search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search