Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 20 March 1818

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Mar. 20. 18.

Dear Sir

I recieved yesterday your favor of the 16th and am thankful for your attention to my wants. I saw William Johnson the evening before his boat started last. he told me that he should not go down himself, but that his brother would, and he would be answerable for every thing trusted to him as if to himself. I was on horseback and at the river side, so could not give him a written order, but shall hereafter be willing to trust his boat whether he is with it himself or not, and consequently would wish the rest of my wines to be delivered to the conductor of his boat whenever called for.   the impossibility of buying raw cotton obliges me to recur to the cultivating it myself. so much has it got out of practice that even the seed is lost in this part of the country. could you possibly buy me a sack or barrel of about 5. bushels. it will be a great accomodation to me. affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViHi); at foot of text: “Capt Peyton.” PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Samuel J. Harrison to TJ, 24 Jan. 1818; torn at seal; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • cotton; as crop search
  • cotton; TJ orders seed search
  • Johnson, William (boatman); family of search
  • Johnson, William (boatman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); cotton crop at search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • seeds; cotton search
  • wine; sent to TJ search