Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Craven Peyton, 19 February 1803

From Craven Peyton

Stump Island 19. Feby 1803

Dear Sir

yours of the 8th. has Just come to hand, and am much hurt at being compeled to send my ovarseer with this request but am in hopes to be excused when I inform you it is from pure necessity, which is from security ship. And if a considerable sum is not paid by the twenty sixth of the month a considerable sacrafice must be made in proparty and no chance for me to be reimbursd. again, after giveing you the real situation I am fully assured that if you can possibly make it convenient to give a draft on Geo. Jefferson & Co. payable the Tenth of march for 1000 D. you will relieve me. this will be receavd. as cash by the sherriff as it cant be demand. of him untill about that time, respecting the othar payments every exertion in my power shall be used to make them as distant as possible,

I am with much Respt. Yr. mst. Obt.

C Peyton

RC (ViU); endorsed by TJ as received 23 Feb. and so recorded in SJL.

by the sherriff: probably William Michie, who served as sheriff of Albemarle County in 1803 (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, Charlottesville, 1901 description ends , 274).

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