Thomas Jefferson Papers

Patrick Gibson to Thomas Jefferson, 21 December 1813

From Patrick Gibson

Richmond 21st Decr 1813


Your note for $2000– in bank falls due on the 28th/31st Inst to enable me to renew it I now send you inclosed a stamp for your signature which I will thank you to return to me in course of post, that is, so as to be here with the mail which arrives on Wednesday it had entirely escaped my recollection or I should have written to you sooner upon the subject—I have received three loads of your flour say 126 barrels 102 Sfine & 24 fine, the barrels are in very bad order, neither well made nor well hooped—There is at present no prospect of selling [at]1 the nominal price, or rather that at which the last sale was made is 4½$ in fact no purchaser can now be met with, as it is impossible to get anything out now, the little trade we had with the West Indies being stopp’d by the Embargo—Respectfully I am

Your obt Servt

Patrick Gibson

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Dec. 1813 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

sfine: superfine. On 17 Dec. 1813 Congress passed “An Act laying an embargo on all ships and vessels in the ports and harbours of the United States” (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, 1845–67, 8 vols. description ends , 3:88–93).

1Omitted word editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • An Act laying an embargo on all ships and vessels in the ports and harbours of the United States (1813) search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Embargo Act (1813); and TJ’s flour search
  • flour; at Richmond search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s bank note search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • West Indies; U.S. flour trade with search