Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 25 May 1817

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello May 25. 17.

Dear Sir

It was not till I had sealed the inclosed that I turned to the settlement of my debt to the Van Staphorsts, which my memory had supposed a little under 2000. D each instalment, whereas I find it was a little over that sum, to wit 2083.20 D with interest @ 6. p.c. from Jan. 1. 1816. there is still therefore a balance of 83.20 principal1 due to them with interest on the whole from Jan. 1. 1816 this I must pray you to remit in order to close that instalment. I repeat assurances of esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph Dougherty to TJ, 10 Mar. 1817; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Gibson, 24 May 1817.

In his financial records for this date, TJ estimated the balance of principal and interest due on the 1817 installment of his debt payments to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst to be around $260 (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 , 2:1333).

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