Thomas Jefferson Papers

LeRoy, Bayard & McEvers to Thomas Jefferson, 19 March 1816

From LeRoy, Bayard & McEvers

Newyork the 19 March 1816.


Our friends Mess. N. & J. & R Van Staphorst of Amsterdam have requested us to wait upon you with the enclosed account and to receive from you the amount thereof $6249:60 together with interest from the first day of the present year untill discharge.

May we therefore make free to ask in what manner it will be agreeable to you to Settle this matter So that we may meet your wishes as far as lays in our Power. The three Bonds alluded to are in our possession and will in course be at your order—

We have the honor to Subscribe with the utmost respect1

Sir Your very obedt & hble Servants

LeRoy Bayard & McEvers

RC (DLC); in an unidentified hand; at foot of text: “The Honorable Thomas Jefferson Monticello, Virga”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from “Leroy, Bryam & McCorn” received 27 Mar. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. Dupl (DLC); on verso of address cover of LeRoy, Bayard & McEvers to TJ, 10 Apr. 1816; in an unidentified hand; unsigned; endorsed by TJ as received 3 May 1816; enclosed in LeRoy, Bayard & McEvers to TJ, 10 Apr. 1816.

LeRoy, Bayard & McEvers, a mercantile firm in New York City, began business as LeRoy and Bayard by 1787. The founding partners were William Bayard (1761–1826) and Herman LeRoy (ca. 1758–1841). The firm was known as LeRoy, Bayard & McEvers from about 1796 until the retirement in 1816 of James McEvers (d. 1817). It continued to operate as LeRoy, Bayard & Company in New York City until at least 1827, providing both mercantile and banking services. TJ transacted business with the partnership beginning in 1790 (NN: Bayard-Campbell-Pearsall Collection; David C. Franks, The New-York Directory [New York, 1787], 24; 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 ; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 38 vols. description ends , 16:296; Longworth’s New York Directory description begins Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, New York, 1796–1842 (title varies; cited by year of publication) description ends [1796]: 231; [1827]: 303; New-York Courier, 4 July 1816; New-York Herald, 21 June 1817; Henry Wysham Lanier, A Century of Banking in New York, 1822–1922 [1922], 94, 118, 121).

1Dupl: “regard.”

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