Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 4 October 1817

From Bernard Peyton

Culpeper 4th: October "17

Dear sir

I return you my sincere thanks for your kind congratulations on my late change of situation in life, and fondly hope that permanent happiness will result from it which you are pleased to anticipate.—

I feel greatly obliged by the letters you were so good as to enclose, and shall loose no time after my return to Richmond (which will be in a few days) in sending out the order and Bill for the Wine subscription, in the interim1 the quantity will continue to increase as I find the sceme to take well in this part of the country as well as yours.—   Col Coles tells me there will be a meeting at Albemarle October Court of the College Committee, would it not be a favorable2 opportunity to mention the subject to Mr Madison and the other members who I have not had it in my power to see or correspond with?—I wish to give them the advantages of it, especially Genl Cocke & Mr Cabell, both of whom I know wish to subscribe, but I have not learnt what quantity or description they prefer—

You mentioned when I last had other matters you wished shipped to Philadelphia, I pray you to command my services on this, and all other occasions when I can be useful to you without reserve.3 I make this offer from a sincere desire to afford you every facility in Richd possible, and which is so necessary to you,—to perform such offices will be a pleasure, not a trouble believe me—

I regret very much I could not do myself the pleasure to see you in Bedford as I promised; business of an urgent character obliged me to return direct, and in haste—

May I take the liberty to offer you the respectful complts of Mrs P.—   I have the honor to be

Very respectfully sir Your Obd Hub Sert

B. Peyton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 6 Oct. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

Peyton’s late change of situation was his marriage to Julia Amanda Green in Culpeper County on 1 Oct. 1817 (Fredericksburg Virginia Herald, 8 Oct. 1817). TJ’s letters to Thomas Appleton and Stephen Cathalan of 29 Sept. 1817 were both enclosed in a letter to Peyton of the same date, recorded in SJL but not found.

1Manuscript: “intreim.”

2Manuscript: “vavorable.”

3Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County Court, Va. search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; orders wine search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and wine search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; mentioned search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); mentioned search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and wine for TJ’s friends search
  • Peyton, Bernard; as merchant search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to accounted for search
  • Peyton, Bernard; marriage of search
  • Peyton, Julia Amanda Green (Bernard Peyton’s wife); sends greetings to TJ search
  • wine; for TJ’s friends search