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Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 12 April 1812

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Apr. 12. 12.

Dear Sir

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. 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 clause in the capitulation of Amelia island, for keeping that open1 as a free port, will offer one resource, and I do not know that the govmt proposes any thing more from the embargo than to keep our ships & seamen out of harms way. the vent of our produce even to our enemies must be desirable; and would be sound policy during actual war. I have sent off 5. hhds of tobo which I will pray you to sell as soon as you can, at least as soon as the embargo panic is over, for what it will fetch. I foresee no chance for an advance of price in that article. I expect you have recieved a sum of 176.90 D from Dr Brockenbrough for me. I shall draw on you to-day in favor of mr Hay, mr Wirt, & mr Tazewell 100.D. each, and I must pray you to send me by the return of post 200.D.2 in bills of 5. 10. 20.D Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Gibson & Jefferson and so recorded in SJL.

Spanish officials at amelia island in East Florida signed articles of capitulation to an American-backed revolutionary force on 18 Mar. 1812. A clause in the agreement stipulated that the ports of East Florida would remain open until 1 May 1813 (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 4:291–6, 326–9).

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Index Entries

  • Amelia Island; and ports in E. Fla. search
  • Brockenbrough, John; as J. Harvie’s agent search
  • East Florida; and Amelia Island search
  • Embargo Act (1812); effects of search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and currency for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and embargo search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); tobacco sold for TJ search
  • Hay, George; TJ pays search
  • Tazewell, Littleton Waller; TJ pays search
  • tobacco; sale of search
  • Wirt, William; TJ pays search