Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Gordon, Trokes & Company, 4 April 1811

To Gordon, Trokes & Company

Monticello Apr. 4. 11.

Messrs Gordon & Trokes

I am at length enabled to have paiment made to you of the balance for which I have been so long in arrear. you know that a farmer’s resources come in but once a year, which is at this season. but in order to provide an intermediate resource for the purchase of my groceries, I had reserved the rent of a valuable manufacturing mill to be paid quarterly. unfortunately I fell into the hands of an unfaithful & insolvent tenant, from whom I get nothing but disappointments. I have availed myself of my first produce getting to market to desire Messrs Gibson & Jefferson to discharge to you my balance, which I believe is 235.42 D with interest. I have ceased to call on you for my usual supplies of groceries1 because I found I could not be certain of making the semiannual paiments with punctuality. I hope you will accept this apology for my delay, and be assured that I have felt the severity of it more than you can have done. I salute you with esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

A missing letter of 11 Apr. 1811 from Gordon, Trokes & Company is recorded in SJL as received from Richmond on 14 Apr. 1811.

1Preceding two words interlined.

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