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Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 3 November 1817

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Nov. 3. 17.

Dear Sir

An abundant rain having given us a plentiful tide I wish to avail myself of it in bringing up a part of 7. tons of plaister which I ask the favor of you to procure & forward to me as often as Wm Johnson, shall call for it. he starts this evening. I will further request you to procure & send me by him 100. ℔ of good coffee, that is to say Bourbon if to be had, if not then Java or other Asiatic coffee. if there is neither at present I will wait till it comes. the W. India coffee is so often bad that I propose to abandon it. should the Bourbon or Java be in couffes or other packages not much under or over the 100 ℔ send the package without breaking it. the bill will be paid as usual by mr Gibson. I salute you with affectionate esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Hezekiah Niles to TJ, 2 Sept. 1817; at foot of text: “Capt Peyton”; endorsed by TJ.

couffes are woven sacks of varying size (L. Raymond Balthasard Maiseau, Annuaire du Commerce maritime [1833–34], vol. 2, pt. 2, sect. 10, p. xxxii; Pierre Larousse, ed., Grand Dictionnaire Universel du XIXe Siècle [1866–90], 5:297).

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • coffee; Bourbon search
  • coffee; East India search
  • coffee; TJ purchases search
  • coffee; West India search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); TJ orders search
  • Johnson, William (boatman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and gypsum for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search