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Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 30 July 1813

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello July 30. 13.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 24th is recieved and the 700.D. therein inclosed. I have a letter from Derieux of the 8th a paragraph of which will shew you that he is conscious of having no legal claim on mr Mazzei it is in these words. ‘our destiny, Sir, is in your hands. and if you will, you can yet save us from the deplorable situation which threatens us, by becoming our father & benefactor [advocate] with mr Mazzei who, I dare hope, would not refuse to let you withold some little sum of what is coming to him; and knowing that you would have the goodness1 to keep it in your hands and dispose of it in the most permanent and profitable manner for us, we dare hope he would not refuse at your request to procure us this means of existing in our old age.’ but to put the matter out of question, I have required from him an express renunciation which I am sure he will give. the reason of his proposing that I should dispose of the money for him, is that I had formerly been the means of procuring him considerable sums of money from his relations in France, which he immediately fooled away. he has respectable relations in France, particularly an aunt with whom I was well acquainted, ruined I believe by the revolution & now probably dead.

My engagements having been delayed to this late2 season of the year, altho’ mostly entered into for March & April, I am impatient to satisfy them. on the 26th therefore I drew on you in favr George Hay for 50.D. on the 27th for 39.28 in favor of James Kinsolving for taxes, and on the 28th in favr of Wayt & Winn for 43.50 & of Martin Dawson for 95.43 and I shall now immediately draw in favor of Wm Wirt 50.D. David Ross 64.55 Lancelot Minor 150.D. and Messrs Leitch of Charlottesville3 a thousand Dollars. I must moreover request you to pay to mr Darmsdatt his account of the last year, and what he has furnished me this year, including ½ doz. barrels of herrings ordered to Bedford; and to remit to Thomas Voigt of Philadelphia, watchmaker, 130.D.4 which I have notified him would be done. my note in bank I would wish to be reduced to 1500.D. at the first renewal. whether I can take it up entirely or further from present funds depends on some claims on me not yet ascertained. accept the assurance of my constant esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

P.S. since writing the above I have desired Voigt to draw on you, not exceeding 130.D. the precise sum not being known.

PoC (DLC); brackets in original; at foot of first page: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ.

Peter Derieux’s aunt was Marie Françoise Plumard de Bellanger. TJ noted on 27 July that his payment to james kinsolving included $2.74 for “ticket. clk. Chanc. Richmd. Gilliam v. Wayles’s exrs.”; $2.45 to “Th:J. ads. Scott”; $19.16 to “clk. Ct. Appeals Peyton v. Henderson”; and $14.93 to “Mrs. Molly Lewis’s order on me.” On 28 July he wrote that the payments to wayt & winn and martin dawson were both for “merchandize.” On 1 Aug. he indicated that the payment to lancelot minor was “to pay debts of Hastings Marks.” On 2 Aug. TJ recorded that the $1,000 to Samuel & James leitch included $618.40 for the “principal of my note to Jas. Dinsmore assd. them”; $159 for “interest from 1809. Apr. 7. to 1813. July 31.”; and the $222.60 “balance to be credited in my acct. with them” (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 , 2:1290–1).

1Manuscript: “good-” (at the end of a line).

2Word interlined.

3Manuscript: “Charlottesvill.”

4Reworked from “120.D.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Darmsdatt, Joseph; TJ pays search
  • Dawson, Martin; TJ pays search
  • Derieux, Peter (Justin Pierre Plumard); and P. Mazzei’s Richmond property search
  • Derieux, Peter (Justin Pierre Plumard); money sent to by French relatives search
  • Dinsmore, James; accounts with TJ search
  • fish; herring search
  • food; herring search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and currency for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and P. Mazzei’s Richmond property search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s bank note search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Gilliam v. Fleming; chancery case search
  • Hay, George; TJ pays search
  • herring; sent to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and H. Marks’s estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and P. Mazzei’s property search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; payments to Wayt & Winn search
  • Kinsolving, James; TJ pays search
  • Leitch, Samuel & James (Charlottesville firm); TJ’s account with search
  • Lewis, Mary Walker (Nicholas Lewis’s wife); TJ pays search
  • Marks, Hastings (TJ’s brother-in-law; Anne Scott Jefferson Marks’s husband); estate of search
  • Mazzei, Philip; and P. Derieux search
  • Mazzei, Philip; Richmond property of search
  • Minor, Lancelot; and H. Marks’s estate search
  • Peyton v. Henderson; court costs in search
  • Plumard de Bellanger, Marie Françoise; assists P. Derieux search
  • Richmond, Va.; Bank of Virginia search
  • Richmond, Va.; P. Mazzei’s property in search
  • Ross, David; payments to search
  • Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison; court costs in search
  • Voigt, Thomas; TJ pays search
  • Wayt & Winn (Charlottesville firm); TJ’s account with search
  • Wirt, William; TJ pays search