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Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 20 July 1818

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello July 20. 18.

Dear Sir

On my return here from Bedford I find your favor of July 11. covering my account to that date, balance in your favor 375.25 and I observe that a draught of mine of June 24. in favor of James Leitch for 120.D. is not entered which would add so much to the balance. to meet this I have 21. Bar. flour now in the mill to be forwarded by mr T. E. Randolph as soon as the state of the river will admit, and the last of the month after next he will forward 50. Barrels more. but I have an earlier resource in a sum of money I expect to recieve, which of itself will cover my balance, and any other draughts which I may be under a necessity of making, which will be moderate, and made but in case of necessity. the bill of mr Baker for fish I will thank you to pay

The crop of wheat we have just got in cannot be got to market but [in] the course of the winter. from this place it will be 550. Barrels of flour, certain, as I now recieve it in fixed rents. from Bedford the crop of wheat will be considerably below mediocrity, I suppose not more than 200. Barrels of flour. our tobo planted there should bring about 20,000 ℔. these articles, if prices are favorable, will enable me to meet my last Dutch instalment in the spring and to commence the reduction of my notes in bank, which will be my next and most important concern. in the meantime I think I may say with certainty that such moderate draughts as I may be constrained to make on you shall be covered with little delay. I return you the notes signed. I suspect the box of seeds is an annual one which I recieve from the public garden of France, and which I give to some of the botanical gardens of the US. if the direction is French this is certainly so, and I would then direct a proper disposal of it. if not French it may be forwarded her[e.] Accept the assurance of my friendly esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of John Adams to TJ, 28 Jan. 1818; torn at seal; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found.

The order in favor of james leitch settled four debts: $10 he paid for TJ “in charity” on 11 May 1818, a $30 payment to Larkin Powers on 23 May, and loans from Leitch to TJ of $30 on 20 May and $50 on 20 June 1818 (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 , 2:1345).

Index Entries

  • Baker, James; and fish for TJ search
  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; TJ’s loan from search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • charity; TJ gives search
  • fish; TJ purchases search
  • flour; as rent search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • France; seeds from search
  • Gibson, Patrick; account with TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Leitch search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Leitch, James; TJ pays search
  • Leitch, James; TJ’s debt to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • N. & J. & R. van Staphorst; TJ’s debt to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Powers, Larkin; TJ pays search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); and Shadwell mills search
  • rent; from Shadwell mills search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • Shadwell mills; flour from search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • wheat; at Monticello search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search