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Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 28 October 1815

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Oct. 28. 15

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 24th was recieved yesterday. I did not know that the bank had determined to curtail their discounts, which lays me under the greater obligations to you, for indeed I should have been much distressed without the accomodation. my taxes here and some demands not regularly payable till the spring were so urged as to embarras me. being to set out for Bedford tomorrow; I have drawn 660. D 25 c of the money1 from my grandson and given him an order on you, as also to the sheriff, Clifton Harris I have given an order for 309.82 D for my taxes here, and I must pray you to remit for me to Joseph Millegan bookseller at Georgetown (Columbia) 136.75 D my grandson is also desired to procure for me in Richmond a quarter cask of Lisbon which he will desire you to pay, about 75.D. this will render necessary the sale of the 35. barrels of flour mentioned in my last letter, which I trust is delivered before this time, as mr T. M. & T. E. Randolph, tenants of my mill, both assured me it was sent off on my account, and both are now in Richmond. on my arrival in Bedford I will hurry the getting my tobo ready (about 15,000. ℔) as fast as the weather will admit it to be handled, & forwarded to Richmond for immediate sale, as I see no reason for declining present prices in expectation of better. from hence I shall have about 200. barrels of flour now on hand, 150. barrels more for rent of my mill2 due or to become due between this and March, and from Bedford somewhere between 100. and 150. barrels. I think that before the spring the demand for that must produce a good price. I inclose the note for 2000.D. with my signature and if you will let me know the date it shall be renewed in time. I must request you to send me a bale of cotton by Johnson, or by Gilmer’s boats which may be trusted. Accept the assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (Mrs. T. Wilber Chelf, Mrs. Virginius Dabney, and Mrs. Alexander W. Parker, Richmond, 1944; photocopy in ViU: TJP); on verso of reused address cover of Benjamin Waterhouse to TJ, 1 Sept. 1815; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

On this date TJ recorded compensating his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph with an order on Gibson & Jefferson in repayment of $672.25 that TJ had borrowed throughout the month of October to cover his cash needs, payments made to plantation employees, shoes, and household expenses (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 , 2:1315–6). For the 35. barrels of flour, see TJ to Gibson, 17 Oct. 1815.

1Preceding three words interlined.

2Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; taxation of property in search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • cotton; purchased by TJ search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • flour; price of search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s bank note from Bank of Virginia search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; Milton boatman search
  • Harris, Clifton; and TJ’s taxes search
  • James River; boatmen on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Milligan search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and lease of Shadwell mills search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from T. J. Randolph search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; pays taxes search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells flour search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells tobacco search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Milligan, Joseph; TJ pays search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); cotton used at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); flour from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); taxes on search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Portugal; TJ orders wine from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); and Shadwell mills search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and wine for TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); loans TJ money search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and Shadwell mills search
  • rent; from Shadwell mills search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • Richmond, Va.; TJ’s tobacco sold at search
  • Shadwell mills; and T. E. Randolph search
  • Shadwell mills; and T. M. Randolph search
  • Shadwell mills; rent for search
  • taxes; TJ pays search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search
  • wine; Portuguese search