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I recieved yesterday your favor of Feb. 27. and one hundred Dollars inclosed in it. it was only one of the smallest size of Peacock’s ploughs which I wished to recieve: consequently his N o 4. would not answer my purpose. I have usually got my stock of red clover seed from the other side of the Blue ridge , but am quite disappointed there this year; and am therefore obliged to apply for it at...
I safely recieved the clover seed by mr Peyton’s boat Johnson again disappointed me in taking down 36. barrels of my flour, instead of the full load of both his boats. I shall no longer trust to him alone therefore, but on the return of the Milton boats (all of which went down at the same time) shall employ others to take down the whole. in truth I begin to be uneasy lest the market should...
The season of paying my debts now coming upon me I requested you in my letter of the 15 th to make some remittances for me, to which I am now to add one of 200.D. to Benjamin Jones of Philadelphia , ironmonger, and another of one hundred and thirty Dollars to Ezra Sarjeant of New York printer. I do this on the presumption of the sales of my flour, as it gets down, putting you in funds for me....
Your favor by the last post is recieved. I am sorry a load of my flour has turned out so badly. the mill will have to make it up in good flour in addition to 100. barrels I am still to recieve from it and forward. I It is unlucky that the embargo catches me with so much unsold. I expect however that as soon as the merchants have had time to fix on a channel of vent, it will rise again. the...
Your favor of the 16 th is safely recieved with the 200. Dollars it inclosed. with respect to my flour on hand it is proper I should adapt my former minimum of 8.D. to the times. I leave the price therefore to yourself entirely, with the observation that it is better to lose a little by selling for less than may perhaps become the market price, than to lose the whole by holding off too long....
I am just returned from a visit to Bedford , whither I had gone to ascertain & settle my crop of tobacco. I found that my former manager, Griffin , had very greatly mistaken the quantity of tob o he expected to make. he had been very confident of making as much as in the preceding year. as he had never before disappointed me by a mistaken calculation, I had fondly hoped to have cleared myself...
Your favor of the 9 th has been duly recieved, together with my account. by this I percieve that there does not remain enough in your hands to pay the 2000.D. into the bank which I so much wished. this has been occasioned by the deficiency of my tobacco crop before explained, and recently here by the short delivery of 140. barrels of flour due to me from the mills, and for which I see I must...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Gibson to have twenty Dollars remitted to the bank of Fredericksburg subject to the order of mrs Mary Dangerfield of Coventry near that place. he is sorry that a circumstance which forbids his writing even the letter of notification obliges him to request mr Gibson to have such an one addressed to mrs Dangerfield of Coventry near Fredericksburg . PoC
Your favor of the 3 d came to hand after the return of our post. the afflicting news of the death of my relation & our mutual friend had reached us thro’ the public papers two or three days before, and I have since recieved a particular account of it from his fellow passenger mr Fontaine Maury . of a worthier man death can never deprive us. altho’ his intention intended return was unexplained,...
I inclose you a bill of exchange for 988.03. D drawn by Smiths & Morrison of New Orleans on Brown & Hollins of Baltimore at 60. days sight. to shorten the term a little, as a post was setting out for Baltimore direct, and I was intimately acquainted with mr Hollins , I inclosed the 2 d of Exchange to himself, and he will have recieved it before the Richmond mail carrying this will have left...
Your favor of Jan. 13. is recieved and a statement of my account to the 1 st inst. when I percieve a balance against me (exclusive of that of the bank) of 301. D 90 C M r Randolph was to have paid for me the 1 st Inst. thro’ his agent mr Norris something upwards
M r Mazzei’s repeated urgencies to sell his lot in Richmond could not leave a moment’s doubt as to the expediency of accepting a reasonable offer for it. but the research for the powers he gave me has taken considerable time, & ended not satisfactorily. I remember certainly the recieving from him a blank power of Attorney giving express power to sell his real property here. (I had long before,...
In a separate letter of this date I have written to you on Mazzei’s business, and in this I inclose a plan of his lot, omitted to be put under cover of that. I am engaged in the blowing of rocks with gunpowder and my stock being nearly out, and none to be had here, I must ask the favor of you to procure & send me a keg of 25.℔. to be packed in an outer one or in an external box, & forwarded by...
By a letter of the 12 th inst. from my manager in Bedford he informed me that his first load of flour was engaged to start from Lynchburg on the 15 th inst & that the whole would be sent off the same week. there are there about 140 barrels. from this place I have at length got off 60. barrels by Johnson who will now continue steadily to carry it down till all is done. the quantity here will be...
Your favor of the 3 d is recieved and the 50.D. it covered. should there be difficulty in remitting the 97.D. to Alrichs & Dixon of Wilmington by a draught a Richmond bank bill of 100.D. I have no doubt would be acceptable to them and the surplus 3.D. will make no odds, as I shall probably have to call for a roving machine from them in addition to that for carding. to the 3000.D. I have added...
In my answer of the 7 th to yours of the 3 d of Mar. I omitted to note what you had stated as to the bargain for Mazzei’s lot, to wit that the paiments were to be made within so many days after a sufficient title shall be made. I now expect daily an answer from mr Randolph after which there will be no delay in making what I deem a good title. but if mr Taylor should deem it otherwise, I take...
I recieved the day before yesterday mr Edmund Randolph’s answer that he would execute any deed I should desire for mr Mazzei which should bind go to warrant only against himself & his heirs. I have thought it best to make a statement of the title which the purchaser may consider, and verify every material part of it for himself by the records at Richmond . he will see that the title is so...
The enemy, contrary to expectations, still continuing in our waters and indicating by no movement an intention of speedy departure, with the rapid advance of the season, begin to fill me with anxiety as to the fate of my crop of flour. and I am becoming more concerned to get some price, than what that price shall be, on the principle that half a loaf is better than no bread. engagements...
On my return from Bedford I found here your two letters of Apr. 28. & May 4. I now inclose the note for 4300.D. signed. the deed to mr Taylor I immediately executed and forwarded to mr Randolph : but as the mail is slow between this & his residence, and it is to be acknoleged by him in his court and by me in mine, this will occupy time. but it will be all done & delivered before the 1 st...
Yours of May 29. with 150.D. inclosed was duly recieved as is that also of June 5. I should not be for recieving the paiment of the monies for mr Mazzei before they are due on any other discount than of legal interest, say ½ per cent per month. I inclose you a letter I have recieved from mr Edmund Randolph , by which you will see that he executed our joint deed to mr Taylor on the 22 d of May...
M r Edmund Randolph’s indisposition has probably prevented as yet his attendance at his court to acknolege and forward the deed for mr Mazzei’s lot. the first court of Albemarle after he shall have forwarded it to me, it shall be dispatched. I presume that the deed having been actually executed, as before advised, the delay of the formality of acknolegement will occasion no hesitation in mr...
My last was of the 14 th . your’s of the same date was received two days after. the Frenchman who laid in the claim with mr Taylor , must have been mr Peter Derieux who married the daughter of mr Mazzei’s wife , long since dead. they live in N. Carolina , and were long
Your favor of the 24 th is recieved and the 700.D. therein inclosed. I have a letter from Derieux of the 8 th a paragraph of which will shew you that he is conscious of having no legal claim on mr Mazzei it is in these words. ‘our destiny, Sir, is in your hands. and if you will, you can yet save us from the deplorable situation which threatens us, by becoming our father & benefactor [advocate]...
I drew on you lately for 43. D 27 C in favor of the Mutual assurance company , and must now ask the favor of you to send me by the return of post one hundred Dollars in bills from 20. to 5. D. I find it will be indispensable to reinstate 1500.D. of my late note in the bank: for within a fortnight of from this time I shall be obliged to draw on you from Bedford for 600.D. in favor of Brown &...
In my letter of Aug. 10. I informed you I should draw on you from Bedford for 600.D. in favor of Brown & Robertson . this I accordingly did; and from the same place made three other draughts in favor of the sheriff of Bedford for 111.D. Nimrod Darnell 50.D. & Jeremiah A. Goodman 37.50 D it is questionable however whether this last will be called for. in the same letter I mentioned that I...
Your favor of the 13 th with 300.D. inclosed is duly recieved, and I now return you the note for the bank filled up with 2000.D. the additional 500 D. being intended to cover my draughts until I shall get some flour down. I am concerned to learn that flour is but at 5.D. in Richmond . I see by the prices current of Philada it is there at 10.D. and some gentlemen now with me & recently from...
While in Bedford I sent off two boat loads of flour, and a third was to follow, carrying in all between 140. & 150. barrels. we shall begin to send from hence immediately after the Christmas holidays. but we do not make half a crop here, nor more than half a one in Bedford . we shall soon see now whether the enemy mean to venture on riding in our bay through the winter. on that I suppose will...
Your’s of the 8 th is just recieved, and I learn with pleasure that 5½ & 5¾ D. can be had for flour. I have no hesitation in accepting these prices, preferring the latter at 60. days to the former in cash. if these prices therefore are still to be had, or even 5.D. be so good as to sell at once. I see nothing in the late news which may suddenly raise prices. the moment Johnson returns, I have...
I have duly recieved your favor of the 19 th with the 300.D. inclosed. I was sorry to learn that my letter had not got to you in time to avail me of the momentary demand for flour. I wrote by the first mail after hearing there was such a demand. but these advices reach us too slowly, and therefore I had entertained a hope of your selling without waiting to consult me. I think it impossible but...
you be so good as to inclose 30. Dollars to Goodman , at Poplar Forest near Lynchburg ? mana ger there and has an immediate & pressing sum. Accept assurances of my esteem PoC (Robert Clark, Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 2011); left-hand corner torn away; at foot of text: “M r Patrick Gibson ”; endorsed by TJ. This document, located after the pertinent chronological volume was...
I must ask the favor of you to send me an hundred Dollars by the return of post, in small bills. we have been told here that flour had risen with you to 5¾ D. but I know not how truly. I would not wish the sale of mine to be lost for a quarter dollar of difference. for altho’ I think peace will grow out of the existing negociations, it will not be in time to dispose of the crop now on hand,...
Your’s of Mar. 2. with the 100.D. inclosed had been duly recieved and that of the 13 th is now at hand. I inclose you the two notes for renewal for the 6 th of May & 8 th of July, ready signed. I some time ago pressed my manager in Bedford to send off immediately the little tob o I have there (about 5.
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...
I have been here a fortnight, and am likely to continue a fortnight longer, and therefore not in a situation to hear any thing about the price or prospect for flour. but I see nothing which promises such a change for the better as makes it advisable to keep what we have on th h and, on the contrary a competition with the new crop will soon lessen our chance of selling the old. I would...
I wrote to you from hence on the 9 th instant , requesting that my flour might not be kept on hand after this month, as the competition of the new crop would influence the sale of it. the prospect either of a peace in which we shall be included, or at least a continental peace which will open all the continent of Europe to our produce in neutral vessels may I hope give a spur to prices, tho’...
Altho’ I have not heard yet of the actual sale of my flour, yet in the hope it has taken place, and urged by some of my corn contracts, I have been obliged to draw on you this day in favor of W m Steevens or order for 105.D. which will probably be presented to you with this advice. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect. July. 9. the draught for 105. was taken in & one f g iven for 70.D....
Your letter of July 27. was duly recieved, and the 200 D. inclosed in it. I find that in making my draughts, I had had too much confidence that a sale of my flour could be effected on some terms, and that the deficiency produced by sacrifice in price, might be obtained from the bank until the crop, growing and severed might be got to market. I was not aware of their stopping discounts, &...
M r Johnson going down with his boat gives me an opportunity of getting a bale of cotton brought up, which I will ask the favor of you to procure for me, say of 3. or 400. weight. your favor of Aug. 4. is recieved, and lightens my anxieties. I now return the note for the bank, signed, but left blank to be filled by yourself according to circumstances. 1500.D. additional is about the sum which...
In my letter of yesterday by mr Johnson , I mentioned that I would write to you more specially on the subject of the remittance to Philadelphia ; I find that my different accounts there for books and newspapers amount nearly to 150.D. which sum I will therefore ask the favor of you to remit to mr Nicholas G. Dufief bookseller Philadelphia , on my account. I write to him now as to the disposal...
In my letter of the 15 th by Johnson I mentioned that excepting for some small matters of current expence here I should not avail myself of your permission to draw, but for my remittances to Philadelphia and to mr Barnes , until the proceeds of the note for my flour, or that for the bank were in hand. and I had hoped that the remittance for mr Barnes might have lain over a month or two. but a...
I have not learned whether at the last renewal of my note to the bank, it was enlarged or not, and in the present doubtful state of our medium I do not know whether I ought to wish it, except so far as to cover my taxes in Bedford & here, for which I must draw on you in a few days, and 50.D. which I must request you to send me by return of mail. the credit of the bank paper has become of...
Your’s of Sep. 30. has been recieved, informing me of the enlargement of my note in the bank. three days before that date I had drawn on you in favor of Clifton Harris sheriff of Albemarle for 230.32 D the amount of my taxes E t c in this county, and on the 11 th inst. I drew in favor of the same person for 150.D. for so much cash recieved here in exchange. Gen l Cocke will also present you a...
I arrived here yesterday evening and find your’s of Oct. 27. covering a blank note for renewal in the bank, and hasten to sign and commit it to the post office of Lynchburg that it may be recieved in time. I draw on you this day for 75. Dollars in favor of Reuben Perry . the sheriff of this county has not yet called on me. his demand for taxes is, I am told, about 113.D. I learn here that salt...
I inclose you a note of mr John Harvie for 176.90 which has been due since the 1 st of March & had escaped my notice. he informed me D r Brokenborough was his agent in this state and would pay these notes as they should become due. will you be so good as to make the application? another will be due in about 3. months. I must ask the favor of you to send me 75.D. in single Dollar bills by my...
Since mine of Nov. 21. I have recieved yours of Nov. 23. Dec. 7. & 14. in that of the 7 th Nov. 23. came the 45.D. small bills, and in the last a notice of mr Harvie ’s payment. I regret much my tobacco is not at market, and am pressing my manager
On the 31 st Ult. I asked the favor of you to inclose me by mail 100.D. which I presume to be now on the way. in the mean time another call has come on me which obliges me to draw on you in favor of my grandson Th: J. Randolph for 120.D. I shall have one more of about the same amount in the course of this month which will I believe close my wants until the spring by which time my flour & tob o...
Nobody rejoices more sincerely than myself at the return of peace, nor could the season for it’s being made known be better timed. I shall get down the rest of my flour as fast as possible. my crop was a poor one here, and still worse from in Bedford . it will be under 100. Barrels of flour there. here the crop will furnish about 300. Barrels and 150. Bar. rent from my mill, in all something...
I have lately learnt that tobacco sells high & readily, and therefore would wish you to make sale of mine as soon as you think advisable. with respect to flour I suppose it best to give time for the European vesses vessels which would not adventure to sail until they learnt there our ratification of the treaty, to arrive and produce here a full competition of demand. this will be I suppose in...
Your favor of the 5 th is recieved and enabled me to send off my letters for Paris through mr Vaughan . I had been assured by the miller at the Shadwell mills that 213. Barrels of flour had been sent off on my account addressed to you. it was in payment of a year’s rent of the mills. your letter was the first notice that the whole had not gone to you, and setting me on further enquiry I found...
since my last I have drawn on you in favor of Dabney Carr for 68. D 10 L. H. Girardin 25.D. Joseph Milligan 92.D. and this day in favor of Th: J. Randolph for 275.D. I set out tomorrow for Bedford , and shall probably be there to the last of the next month. Not knowing the day when my note of 1000.D. in bank will need renewal, I must ask the favor of you to notify me