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Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 20 January 1816

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Jan. 20. 16.

Dear Sir

I was much pleased to learn you had set up business in Richmond in the mercantile way, and I sincerely wish you success in it. it will be an easier life than that of a camp, and a happier one. my dealings are chiefly of course in this place, yet there have been often occasions in which I have wished for some mercantile connection in Richmond, for supplies of things not to be had here, or at prices too unreasonable. your establishment furnishes me with this accomodation, and certainly I would rather have it with an acquaintance & friend, than with a stranger. of such articles as you deal in yourself, whatever I may have occasion to call for, your account rendered quarterly, or half yearly, or at what intervals you please, shall be always paid by an order on mr Gibson my correspondent in Richmond. but I shall sometimes trouble you for things not in your line, & requiring cash payment. these bills mr Gibson will always pay for me at sight, on which subject I now write to him. of this nature is the trouble I now propose to give you; which is to request you to procure for me 4. gross of bottles, the strong kind preferred & 12. gross of corks, the best, as bad ones is throwing away our liquor. there are two only of the Milton watermen who can be trusted with any thing which can be plundered or adulterated, Gilmer & Johnson. Gilmer starts this day, and will call on mr Gibson, from whom you may know how to get the bottles & corks delivered to him; for he has no notice to apply to you. I shall be glad to have them on his return as the season for bottling beer & cyder is approaching. if there are any good anchovies to be had I should be glad to recieve half a dozen bottles. I write to mr Gibson to pay for these things. Accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Leiper to TJ, 30 Nov. 1815; at foot of text: “<Mr> Capt Bernard Peyton, of the firm of Green & Peyton”; torn at seal, with missing text rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • alcohol; beer search
  • alcohol; bottles and jugs for search
  • alcohol; cider search
  • anchovies search
  • beer; brewed at Monticello search
  • boatmen; corrupt activity of search
  • bottles search
  • cider; brewing and bottling of search
  • corks; TJ orders search
  • fish; anchovies search
  • food; anchovies search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; Milton boatman search
  • Green &amp; Peyton (Richmond firm); TJ orders goods from search
  • household articles; bottles search
  • household articles; corks search
  • James River; boatmen on search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Milton, Va.; watermen at search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; merchant search
  • Richmond, Va.; firms search
  • Richmond, Va.; TJ orders groceries from search