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Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 17 March 1817

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 17 March 1817.

Dear sir

I am favord this morning with yours of the 11th Current

I have searched the City for the best Velvet Corks, & have succeeded in procuring the six Gross wished of excellent quality, which shall be forwarded by tomorrow’s stage, to the address of Mr Vest Milton—

I wrote you a few days since on the subject of Mr Preston—I hope you may find it convenient to comply with my request—

I have delivered to Col Randolph your letter enclosed to me—in haste—Very respectfully sir

Your Obd: Servt:

B. Peyton

6 Gross Velvet Corks at—125 Cts   $7.50

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 20 Mar. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Fitzwhylsonn & Potter, 28 May 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello near Milton”; stamped; postmarked Richmond, 17 Mar.

Corks of the highest quality were classified superfine, or velvet (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). your letter enclosed to me: TJ to Thomas Mann Randolph, 5 Mar. 1817.

Index Entries

  • corks; velvet search
  • household articles; corks search
  • Milton, Va.; postmaster at search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and correspondence for T. M. Randolph search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and introductions for W. C. Preston search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Preston, William Campbell; introduced to TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); mentioned search
  • Vest, Charles; as postmaster at Milton search