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Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 12 April 1814

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Apr. 12. 14.

Dear Sir

Our newspapers having come lately more irregularly than usual I have as yet seen nothing later than the President’s recommendation to repeal the embargo. what act of England has produced this change of policy, we do not yet know; but I presume an armistice, or something equivalent has been proposed, and the rather, as we are told that vessels pass freely in & out of our bay. under these circumstances it is advisable to hold up my flour for a better price than had been before expected; and indeed if exportation be free of both embargo & blockade, I see no reason why the prices should not be quite high. I leave therefore the disposal of my flour, as to price, to your discretion altogether, to be governed by circumstances & prospects; and the rather as I must draw on you within 2. or 3. weeks in favor of Robert S. Sthreshly for 230. Dollars for corn bought of him.

I must ask the favor of you to send me a quarter cask of powder either by Johnson’s boat if down; if not, then by mr Randolph’s.accept my friendly salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (NHi: Thomas Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ.

James Madison recommended on 31 Mar. 1814 that Congress repeal the embargo Act of 17 Dec. 1813, and the statute was duly repealed on 14 Apr. 1814 (Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 1 Apr. 1814; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, 1845–67, 8 vols. description ends , 3:123). On 2 May 1814 TJ drew on Gibson & Jefferson for $230 to be paid to John M. Perry, assignee of Robert B. sthreshly, for corn purchased the previous October (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 , 2:1299; Sthreshly to Edmund Bacon, 13 Oct. 1813).

Index Entries

  • corn; TJ buys search
  • Embargo Act (1813); repeal of search
  • flour; price of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and gunpowder for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • gunpowder; TJ orders search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Madison, James; and Embargo of1813 search
  • Perry, John M.; TJ pays search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); boats of, transfer goods search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • Sthreshly, Robert B.; sells corn to TJ search