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I perceive, by an advertisement of yours in the public papers that you have commenced business in the Commission line. I have heretofore employed in the transaction of my business at Richmond, Mr. Charles Johnston, who has executed it with the greatest punctuality [and attention]. Rendering to him a just tribute on every occasion I feel myself bound on several grounds to transfer the mite of...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 21st. instant enclosing Mr. John Barnes’s draft on Mr. Joseph Boyce at three days sight for $200., which is accepted, and which shall be applied as you direct. In making this first acknowledgment Sir, I cannot refrain from making another—I cannot refrain from endeavouring to convey to you by words some faint idea of the obligations I feel...
Mr. Boyce somewhat contrary to my expectation this day took up Mr. Barnes’s draft—I have paid Mr. Walker $103.92. & to an order of Mr. Millers, a part of the sum which you direct to be paid him. I am Very respectfully Dear Sir Your Mt. Obt. servt. RC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr. Philada.”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Jan. 1798 and so recorded in SJL . On 21 Dec. 1797 TJ...
I enclose you mr Barnes’s note for 500. Dollars to mr Hopkins to be taken up at ten days sight, as also letters of advice to mr Hopkin’s & mr Boyce both of whom will attend to the note. as I have some paiments to make in Richmond which are already some days in arrear, I can only admit the interval of one post before I must send on draughts on you, as follows. D Colo. John Harvie  49.28 } at...
Yours of Jan. 28th. is duly recieved. in mine of Jan. 14. I mentioned that Colo. Thos. Bell would be authorized to draw on you for 165.D. this was intended to answer two notes I had given Feb. 12. 1797. the one to Lucy Wood senr. for £33. the other to Lucy Wood junr. for £16.10 for the hire of negroes. I did not know into what hands these notes had got and desired Colo. Bell to seek them out &...
I have received your favor of the 14th.—Your instructions respecting the wheat for the agricultural society, shall be strictly attended to. I have been looking out for such as you describe, but have not yet been able to meet with any; though hope soon to procure some which is genuine. Mr. Buchanan has shewn me your lot of ground. a Mr. Gaddy has enclosed a small part of it, on which he has...
I received by yesterdays post a letter from Mr. Randolph in which he enquires of me whether you have any nail rod here? and desires if you have, that I will send it up immediately, as the naillery is almost at a stand for want of it. I am induced to give you this information least Mr. R. should conclude I have some in my possession, and for that reason delay acquainting you with the want of...
I this moment recieve your favor of the 1st. inst. & am alarmed at the account of my nailery being out of nailrod. I left them with a provision to last till late in April, but whether it had all got home, or was still at Richmond my memory does not tell me. a person happening to be with me when I opened your letter who tells me he was in mr Johnston’s warehouse the 1st. of Feb. & saw a...
I yesterday recieved a letter from mr Jordan Harris informing me that an irregularity in the assignment of Lucy Wood’s bond to him occasions a demurrer to it’s payment under the caution expressed in my letter to you that it should be legally assigned. the caution was a reasonable one, as we should naturally expect an assignee to take care that his title be legal . however not wishing to be...
This post has brought me yours of the 8th. Johnston has no nail rod of yours—the last he received for you he forwarded in November last. I had made this enquiry previously to my last , but omitted to inform you of it. That which was seen in his lumberhouse the first of February I expect belonged to a person of his name in this place, which he informs me was sent to him about that time by...
I inclose you a bill of lading for a box containing a harpsichord, and another containing plants, sent by the Sloop Sally capt. Potter, who sails with a Northwester which will probably place him at our capes speedily. both packages should be sent up by water , and as the plants will fail unless they have a speedy passage I must pray your immediate attention to them, that they may go by the...
Capt. Potter with the nail rods Molasses and seeds did not arrive here until the day before yesterday. I have this day sent up the seeds by a Waggon, & two Tons of the nail rod by a boat; the balance, and the Molasses, I expect to send tomorrow. I have been endeavouring agreeably to your request to procure business for Mr. Lewis—but have not yet heard of any place; if I should, I will give you...
The sloop Sally Capt. Potter did not arrive until yesterday—which was occasioned chiefly by a considerable fresh in the river which met him at Osburnes, where he was detained in consequence of it about a week. he called though I understand at Norfolk. The harpsichord & box of plants are forwarded to Milton by a boat as you directed. I have at length sent the two barrels of wheat for Sir John...
I have to acknolege the reciept of your favors of Mar. 15. 26. & Apr. 11. and to thank you for your attention to the several commissions, & particularly the May wheat. every thing I have sent at different times appears to have got to your hands, except a Windsor couch & mattras, which went under the care of mr Lewis in a ship by which he went passenger to Richmond. the day after tomorrow a...
According to [advices] in my letter of the 6th. inst. I now inclose to you the bill of lading for 28. packages & 1. doz. chairs by the sloop Sally capt. Potter, which sails tomorrow morning. be so good as to forward them, when recieved, by the Milton boats. No. 28. will perhaps require new wrapping, being hinges done up in paper, as they were not thought of till all the other packages were...
Your favor of the 6th. came duly to hand. I have in conformity to your direction disposed of your Tobacco at $:13. payable the 1st. of Octr. & the 12th. of Novr., to a Mr. Hooper. I offered it to every person who I thought was acquainted with it’s superior quality, except to Mr. Brown—to whom Mr. Randolph (who is now in Town) offered it with his own. Mr. B. having refused positively to give...
I recieved yesterday your favor of the 14th. and am well pleased with the sale of my tobacco: for tho’ if no check were to happen I think it would continue to rise, yet considering the critical affairs of this country, & still more of England, I think a check very possible, & that it must take place this summer, if at all. the price obtained secures my making two paiments of 1200. D. each in...
Capt. Potter arrived to day with the things mentioned in the bill of lading which you enclosed in your letter of the 10th.— They shall be forwarded by the first boat going to Milton. I wish the beer which you desired Mr. Hay should have bottled for you could accompany them, but fear it will not—as it appears as if I shall not be able to prevail on Mr. H. to have it done; he has frequently...
I was by last post favor’d with yours of the 20th. inclosing manifests for 10 Hhds: Tobacco weighing 16447 ld. which I have delivered to Mr. Hooper. I am extremely sorry that I could not with the smallest degree of propriety even hint it was my wish (because it is yours) that he should give security; much less could I demand it. although it is customary in Philadelphia to have some guarantee,...
Concluding you will be anxious to know when the things go up which came by Capt. Potter, I have to inform you that there is a boatman now down who has engaged to take them, & who sets off up tomorrow. They should have been forwarded sooner, but that most of the Milton boats had stopped running, in consequence of the water having been very low. there is now a little swell in the river which has...
My last to you was of the 20th. of May, since which I have recieved yours of May 23. and 28. and June 1. I am entirely satisfied with the sale to mr Hooper; the chance run, being one of those necessary to meet in the ordinary course of business. as this sale was made to meet two paiments of 1000. Doll. each to mr Wickam and mr James Lyle which were in fact stipulated for earlier days, I am...
This will be handed you by mr James Dinsmore, a housejoiner whom I have engaged to live with me. he goes by water to Richmond and on his arrival there, being a stranger, I have desired him to ask your aid to get him a passage by a waggon or boat to our neighborhood, he has in his charge some articles of mine, of value, which I wish him to keep with him to my house. I wish him not to delay in...
I am much surprised at not having yet heard any thing of the order which you mentioned having sent me on Mr. Hopkins. I however suppose it cannot have miscarried, & therefore conclude that you must have directed it to be forwarded, & it has been delayed. Have the goodness if you please to send me an order by next post on the Inspectors at Shockoe for a Hhd: Tobo. of yours—I did not suppose as...
Your favor of the 9th. is at hand. mr Randolph informs me he has sent you an order for the hogshead of tobo. but lest the inspection in my name should render his order insufficient I inclose you one from myself, to be used or not as you shall find necessary. [I also] observe that ‘you have not yet heard any thing of the order which I mentioned having sent you [by] mr Hopkins.’ This must relate...
At the request of Mr. Darmsdatt I send you the enclosed account . I this morning forwarded your nail-rod (3 Ton) and a Tea-chest—having informed the boatmen that I would not engage to give them 3/. ⅌ hundred as I had done in several instances, because you generally had it carried up for less—and that they must therefore settle it with you. I advanced one of them (P. Gibson , alias Mingo...
Your favor of the 14th. inclosing an order on the Inspectors for a Hhd: of Tobacco I did not receive until friday last, it having been sent from Milton to Philadelphia. I return you the letter to Mrs. E. which was also inclosed, being informed she is gone to Monticello. I am Dear Sir Your Very Obt. servt. RC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Aug....
Mr. Hooper has at length after disappointing me several times, taken up his note for your Tobacco which became due the 1st. instant—after deducting your draft in favor of Mr. Wickham for $:1000—which he informs me was paid at maturity. I hope he will be more punctual in the next payment, as his failure in this instance I am certain was owing to the fever in Philada. & N. York—which prevented...
I have occasion to pay to Genl. Stephen Thompson Mason a sum not exceeding 50. dollars, which lying across the country cannot be done from hence for want of mercantile connections. presuming you have recieved mr Hooper’s first paiment which furnished a surplus after mr Wyckham’s order would be satisfied, I have taken the liberty of desiring Genl. Mason to draw on you in his own name for the...
Mr. Hooper has made payment in full for your Tobacco, deducting $:1000-for your other draft, in favor of Mr. James Lyle; which he informs me he has taken up. I subjoin an account of the sale, & am Dear Sir Your Very Obt. Hbl: servt. 1798 May 15— To Thomas Hooper—pble. 1st. Octr. & 12th. Novr.— PF  TI– 32 — 137 — 1568 } Spring 44 — 137 — 1641 52
[I] have merely to advise you that I h[ave] to night [delive]red your letter to Colo. Taylor ; presuming from the purport of your note that it may be satisfactory to you to know he has received it. I am Dear Sir Your Very Obt. Hbl: servt. RC ( MHi ); stained; at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr. Monticello.” Recorded in SJL as received 6 Dec. 1798. Letter to Colo. Taylor : TJ to John...
I have to acknolege the reciept of your letters of Oct. 15. Nov. 12. & 26. and I do not know whether I have before formally acknoleged those of July 23. & 30th. I yesterday drew on you in favor of Joseph Brand or order for twenty six dollars thirty three cents at sight. I have this day [ordered?] mr Randolph to call on you for three hundred dollars, and as that letter goes by a servant, apt to...
I recieved by mr Randolph the 300. D. according to order. the money you recieved from mr Pendleton being to be trans[ferred] to Philadelphia for […], I have found means of ordering here a considerable proportion of it by the draughts which are stated below which you will be pleased to honor when presented. I start for Philadelphia tomorrow where I sh[ould?] be glad to recieve a state of our...
I wrote you from Monticello with a statement of my draughts on you. I have this day drawn on you in favor of James Strange agent for the Donalds for £98–5 paiable at 10. days sight. the £500. which you recieved from mr Pendleton were for mr Short. as it was wanting here, & I had money here which it suited me better to transfer to Richmond, I have been able so far to make the exchange within...
I was informed by Mr. Joseph Roberts in a letter of the 14th. ultimo that he had shipped on board the rising sun Capt. Adderson 120 bundles of nail-rod on your account.—I was informed some days ago upon enquiring after her, that there was a report she was lost, her hands having all deserted her—this report the norfolk paper by last post confirmed, as you will find from the inclosed. I have to...
Your favor of the 1st. inst. is at hand with the account inclosed stating a balance in my favor of 581.8.8. you had probably not then recieved my draught in favor of Strange for £98.5 which of course is to lessen the balance abovementioned. having a convenient offer for transferring this money here I yesterday drew on you in favor of John Richard junr. for twelve hundred dollars at 7. days...
The preceding is a copy of a notice which Mr. Call, (who has taken charge of Mr. Washington’s business) gave me a few days ago; the original of which I forwarded by this mornings post to Mr. Randolph, with a request that he will have it executed and returned to me. Mr. C. called to advise with me upon the subject, & concurred in opinion with me that this would be a better plan, than sending it...
Your favors of the 10th. & 12th. both came to hand by last nights post—your draughts therein mentioned, in favor of Mr. Strange for £95.8., and Mr. Richard for $:1200—, are accepted. With respect to my having paid freight on your things up the river contrary to your direction; I have to observe—that I perfectly recollect your having given me such direction—and, as perfectly, that I have never...
I recieved your favor of the 8th. instant announcing the misfortune of the vessel having my nail rod on board. my situation rendering it impossible to take the proper steps, I must beg the favor of you to act for me in the business, and to get the nailrod brought to Richmond & forwarded up. in the mean time, as I know my nailery will be out of rod, I will send on some from hence the moment the...
Your favor of the 22d. is duly received. I have several times seen the part owner of the sloop rising sun, whom I before mentioned to you, who informs me the Capt. has not yet recovered his health—if he does not shortly, so as to be enabled to go round to the vessel this Gentlemen has determined positively to go himself—of which I will give you information. So far from most of your Tobo. being...
Your favors of Jan. 15. & 20. are duly recieved. it was better, as you supposed, to send the [process] against the Henderson’s to Albemarle. with respect to the article of freight mentioned in your account, you have taken a great deal more trouble about it than I could have wished. I only meant to keep the thing in your mind in future, and I dare say, from an attention to dates, that it...
I wrote you last on the 31st. ult. since which yours of the 29th. is come to hand, as also a letter from mr B. Clarke my manager at Poplar Forest giving me a statement of the weights of my tobacco there, of which I inclose you a copy. there are 20. hhds. averaging 1509½ lb making in the whole 30,190. I rely on Clarke’s diligence that it will be down with you by the first opportunity.—I shall...
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Your favors of the 31st. ultimo & 7th. instant came duly to hand. The little Sam with the nail-rod &c. has not yet arrived. I find that clover seed here is very scarce; there is none except in the hands of one person—the price is $:12.—for red & 15 for white. as this (in the whole) is the same as at Philada., I should have taken it, but it is not of the last years growth—and I am told cannot...
The nail rod, hoop iron, & molasses arrived yesterday—& are forwarded to Milton. The chimney-piece has never yet come down. Your very humble servt. RC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr. Philada.”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL as received 26 Feb. 1799.
I recieved yesterday your favor of the 16th. my proposition was meant exactly as you supposed, to sell my tobo. for the highest price which shall be given before Oct. 1. on a credit not longer than the purchaser will have for mine. as to it’s being the highest price given on James river or at Richmond , I did not suppose it made a difference. I presume so high a price is given at Richmond as...
Since the date of my last letter I have entered into an engagement which will render it necessary that I should recieve the proceeds of my tobo. on the 1st. of September. the sale must therefore be made on a credit not exceeding that time. I set out from hence in three days. I am Dear Sir Your affectionate friend PrC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on...
I found on my return home an extraordinary failure in my stock of corn & that article so scarce & dear that [it has] been with the greatest difficulty I could find a supply. [it will] call for a sum of 500. D. without giving me time to call in my nail[ery?] […] I believe I can still [value?] on you [for] about 150. D. and if you should have recieved any [more] money from mr Pendleton, the...
Your favor of the 16th. inclosing your draught on Mr. John Barnes for $:350 I have received. Mr. Pendleton not having made any further payment, I shall endeavour to dispose of the dft: agreeably to your direction—I calculate though on meeting with some difficulty in doing it, owing to there being so many more persons who wish to draw money from Philada., than who wish to remit there; this...
I intended to have written you by Mr. Richardson myself , but was out of the way. Since that 10 Hhds: more of your Tobacco have come down, from Bedford, making in all 19—so that there is now only one remaining— This article is now very dull at 48/. & 50/ Cash, a prime parcel of 40 Hogsheads I understand was sold a few days ago at 9$: on a credit of 90 days. I hope the next accounts from Europe...
I have to acknolege the receipt of your favors of Mar. 26. & Apr. 1. and to thank you for the speedy effect given to my draught in favor of mr Richardson. 4. hhds of my tobo. left this yesterday. there are still 9. to go. they will make between 19 & 20,000. I am not in the least alarmed with the late [decline here?] on the price of tobo. this is not an article which is up one day & down the...