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Thomas Jefferson to Craven Peyton, 28 October 1812

To Craven Peyton

Monticello Oct. 28. 12.

Dear Sir

I recieved in due time your letter covering Sheckle’s certificate of his having never paid the 2. years rent of the house he had rented. this was quite unnecessary, as your own assurance of that to me was quite sufficient. perhaps, at the time you mentioned it, I might have betrayed some little surprise, because that the whole rents from the 3. tenants Sheckle, Hope & Bowles for a year or two had been lost, was not before known to me. these articles stood charged in the account which we had gone over together, altho’ we had not finally settled it, and I had taken for granted these rents had been recieved, & on that supposition I had always estimated the balance due me at between 6. & 700.D. this information struck off at once between 3. & 400.D. from that balance. so firmly had I counted on more, that in inclosing the bill of exchange from N. Orleans [. . . .] I had told him that at least one half would be mine, and [. . . .] some debts I drew on him on the ground of that [. . .] [5]00.D. I mention all this merely to apologise to you for [. . . .] [m]y proportion of the bill between one & two hundred [. . . .] [whe]n it becomes due (Nov. 12.) there will be but 500.D. [. . . .] but I shall almost immediately get to market [. . . .] [Albemarl?]e or Bedford, as much flour as will replace [. . . .] balance on the final settlement of all our accts [. . . .] 39 c

[. . . .]ts are of great amount, have been running for [. . . .]y the 1st one (for the rent of Shadwell) has been [. . . .] nobody but ourselves could ever [. . . .] [thou?]ght it safest for both, to state them from [. . . .] was enabled to do by having carefully pre[pared?] [. . . .]s & vouchers respecting them, & made very full entries in my books. I send you a copy of the statement of them. they consist in fact of 4. accounts, all of which you will find very exactly stated & balanced. the 1st is the Shadwell account as settled & signed by ourselves. the 2d is that of the purchases of the lands of the Henderson’s. the 3d is of our Corn-contract as far as it was carried into execution. the 4th is chiefly of the rents & profits of the lands bought while under your direction, according to the vouchers in hand. you will find that Shekel had paid £4. in work, altho’ he had forgotten it, and this sum had been placed to my credit by yourself. I have extended interest on every article on both sides of the account, as we had agreed, down to the 12th of November ensuing, when the balance will be discharged. I have gone over the whole with so much care and with such constant examination of the vouchers, that I have considerable confidence you will find it quite correct. I [. . .] [set] out for Bedford immediately after court. if you can [. . . .] time satisfy yourself as to the account & call with [. . . .] to court, we will finally settle it, & I will give you [. . . .] D. paiable Nov. 12. and a note of the balance whi[le?] [. . . .] without delay. pray recollect the havi[ng] [. . . .] [ackno]legement of the deed regularly taken. you offe[r] [. . . .] 100. Bar. of corn @ 2. Dollars paiable at con[. . . .] take it paiable in all April. this we can sett[le] [. . . .]

Accept assurances of my esteem & respect

[Th: Jefferson]

PoC (MHi); written on both sides of a single sheet; roughly one-third of lower half of page torn away; with loss of text on recto and verso; endorsed by TJ.

A letter from Peyton to TJ of 7 Oct. 1812, not found, is recorded in SJL as received the following day. SJL also records a missing letter of 29 Oct. 1812 from Peyton, received from Monteagle on 1 Nov. 1812. TJ enclosed the bill of exchange from n. orleans in an 18 Sept. 1812 letter to Patrick Gibson, informing him that between one half and two-thirds of the $988.03 would be TJ’s. On 23 Oct. 1812 he wrote a letter to Gibson & Jefferson arranging to draw on the firm for $500 due (nov. 12.) in partial payment of Peyton. At a final settlement on 5 Nov. 1812 of their accounts up to that point, TJ still owed Peyton $322.73. In a separate transaction on the same day, he also agreed to buy 100. bar. of corn from Peyton, to be delivered on 25 Nov. 1812 at a cost of $2 per barrel payable 30 Apr. 1813. On 4 Oct. 1813 TJ gave Peyton an order on Gibson & Jefferson paying in full the $483.34 balance then current, which included the cost of the corn (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 , 2:1284, 1293).

Index Entries

  • Bowles, John search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments to TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and C. Peyton’s arrangement with TJ search
  • Hope, Robert search
  • Peyton, Craven; account with TJ search
  • Peyton, Craven; and Henderson case search
  • Peyton, Craven; corn contract with TJ search
  • Peyton, Craven; letters to search
  • Peyton, Craven; letters to accounted for search
  • Shadwell (TJ’s estate); account for lease to C. Peyton search
  • Shekell (Sheckle, Sheckles, Shekel), Cephus (Cephas, Sephus); rents Henderson lands search