Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 10 June 1817

To Wilson Cary Nicholas

Monticello June 10. 17.

Dear Sir

I am detaining from the Philosophical society their copy of Colo Byrd’s journal, until I can learn whether I may be permitted to send with it also the supplementary one of which I obtained the loan thro’ your favor. will you be so good as to favor me with the name of the person to whom it belongs, that I may sollicit the permission without troubling you?

Does your new bank propose to do any business with country people? I have been in the habit of asking small accomodations occasionally from the Virginia bank where I had for some time past a note of 2000.D. the disastrous corn-crop of the last year & the excessive price of that article obliged me to apply to them lately for an additional 2000.D. to be indulged until the present crop should furnish new resources. they readily furnished the sum, but said [that?] the rules established for some time to come would forbid them to renew it at the expiration of the 60 days. mr Gibson, my correspondent & endorser advised me to enquire in time whether I could be enabled by the US. bank to take up the note when due, under a prospect of it’s renewal for some months. will you be so good as to inform me on this subject? your friends in our vicinity are all well. I salute you with friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “Colo W. C. Nicholas”; endorsed by TJ.

Nicholas’s new bank was the Richmond branch of the Second Bank of the United States, of which he had been elected president in February 1817 (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; Richmond Enquirer, 20 Feb. 1817).

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; collections of search
  • Bank of the United States, Second; Richmond branch of search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Byrd, William (1674–1744); The History of the Dividing Line search
  • Byrd, William (1674–1744); The Secret History of the Line search
  • corn; as crop search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); corn crop at search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and Second Bank of the United States search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and W. Byrd manuscripts search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters to search
  • The History of the Dividing Line (W. Byrd [1674–1744]); manuscript of search
  • The Secret History of the Line (W. Byrd [1674–1744]) search