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Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 12 December 1815

To Patrick Gibson

Poplar Forest Dec. 12. 15

Dear Sir

I shall leave this place tomorrow on my return to Monticello from which I have been absent ever since the date of mine of Oct. 28. so that if you have favored me with any line since that time it will be unrecieved until I get back. some plantation demands oblige me to draw on you this day in favr of A. Robertson1 for 112.65 which I do with reluctance but of necessity.2 within a week from this time a boat load of flour will be sent off from hence, and instantly on my return to Albemarle what I have there will go off, as it was ready for delivery when I came away, but the river too low. the weather has been so favble for handling tobo that mr Yancey who now superintends my affairs here thinks our crop will be ready to send off soon after Christmas. it is not a half one. I have great hopes that under his direction, I shall hereafter have a very different turn-out here from what I have had the last 3 or 4 y.3 the tobo I would wish sold on it’s arrival, as I know of no reason to count on a continued rise of price. the flour I would rather keep back except so far as my calls on you may render immediate sales necessary. accept assurances of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, ser. 10); at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Gibson & Jefferson; with part of an unrelated sketch of a geometrical figure in an unidentified hand on verso, apparently separated from remainder of this drawing on verso of PoC of TJ to Archibald Robertson, 12 Dec. 1815. Recorded in SJL as a letter to Gibson.

1Preceding five words interlined.

2Preceding three words interlined, with “necessary” deleted earlier in sentence, before “plantation demands.”

3Preceding eleven words interlined in place of “hereafter,” which TJ interlined earlier in sentence.

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Christmas; mentioned search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; competency of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • Robertson, Archibald; TJ pays search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search
  • weather; effect on crops search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search