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Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 8 March 1816

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Mar. 8. 16.

Dear Sir

Being uneasy at the delay of my tobo in Bedford, I lately sent an express there to be ascertained as to it’s departure. mr Yancey informs me by that, that it is all at Lynchburg, that he has contracted with Dr Cabell to send the whole on the return of his boats which were then down, and makes himself responsible it shall leave Lynchburg by the 10th this being the season to which most of my engagements are referred for payment, I have procured delays to the last of this month, at which time I shall be obliged to draw to the amount of 1000.D. at least: so that it will be necessary for you to sell the tobo as soon as it arrives. in November Yancey supposed it would be from 12. to 14,000 weight. I have no later opinion from him as to that. as the season will not wait for us, & that for using plaiste[r] of Paris is now arrived, I have desired Capt Peyton to send me 8. tons, which I am told can be had at Rocket’s at 9.D. and to send it up immediately by the Milton boats, and I have stated that you will be so good as to pay it’s cost. will you be so kind also as to procure and send me a box of about a dozen bottles of good sweet oil. a little more or less, as the box may be, will make no odds

accept the assurance of my friendly respects.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViHi); on verso of a reused address cover from James L. Jefferson to TJ; torn at seal, with some words rewritten by TJ; one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ.

rocket’s was a section of Richmond fronting on the James River.

Index Entries

  • agriculture; use of gypsum in search
  • Cabell, George; boats of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); used as fertilizer search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; tobacco shipped to search
  • Milton, Va.; watermen at search
  • oil; for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; merchant search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; Rocketts landing search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco shipped to search
  • tobacco; transported to Richmond search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search