Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 15 March 1818

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Mar. 15. 18.

Dear Sir

Your’s of the 11th came to hand last night only, and we have no mail setting out for Richmond until the 17th. I am sorry for this lapse, and had I known that unstamped paper (as that you inclose) would do,1 I would have prevented it. I now return you the two notes signed, and as I shall go to Bedford the 2d week of April and not be back till the first week in May, I inclose a renewal in the US. bank for May also. with respect to my flour, I must leave the time of sale to yourself entirely, not only because you can judge best on the spot, both as to the present & future prospect, but because my draughts may require earlier sales. I expect daily now to be called on for that of about 800.D. which I mentioned to you in mine of Feb. 18. and since that date have drawn on you for 498.D. in favor of James Leitch. there are about 30. Bar. of flour from Bedford & 10 of crop flour2 from this place still to go down.3 Yancey has still about 7000. ℔ tobo to sell & to remit you the note of the purchaser. I repeat my salutations of friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Francis W. Gilmer to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ’s Promissory Note to Gibson, Monticello, 13 Mar. 1818, stating that “Sixty five days after date I promise to pay to Patrick Gibson or order, negotiable & payable at the office of discount & deposit of the US. bank in Richmond without offset three thousand dollars for value recieved” (FC in CSmH: JF; in TJ’s hand and initialed by him; on verso of uncompleted promissory note for $1,000 to Gibson negotiable at the Bank of Virginia, an image of which is reproduced elsewhere in this volume). Other enclosures not found.

On 5 Mar. 1818 TJ had drawn on Gibson & Jefferson in favor of james leitch for $498 in order to reimburse Leitch for a $60 loan made prior to 28 Feb., $274 borrowed on 2 Mar., and an order for $164 given on 8 Mar. to William Hogg “for cattle” (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, 2 vols., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1342).

A missing letter from Gibson & Jefferson to TJ of 20 Mar. 1818 is recorded in SJL as received 30 Mar. 1818 from Richmond.

1Unmatched closing parenthesis preceding comma editorially omitted.

2Preceding three words interlined.

3Preceding four words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second; TJ’s loan from search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • cattle; purchased by TJ search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of the United States search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); letters from accounted for search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Hogg, William; paid for cattle search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Second Bank of the United States search
  • Leitch, James; TJ pays search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search