Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 23 March 1818

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 23d March 1818

Dear sir

I was favor’d this morning with your esteemd letter of the 20th: current & observe contents—   Mr Johnston come down himself last friday & took your Wine from Mr Gibsons on Saturday on board his Boat, I fear tho’ from the great rise in the River that it will be a considerable time before it reaches you.   I will attend to your instructions for the future on the subject of forwarding articles by his Boat.

I have made every enquiry in this City for Cotton Seed and can hear of none, I will tho’ the first leisure moment make further search & if successful will forward you the quantity wished by the first Boat.

Much to my astonishment I have to say that your Box of Books from Philadelphia has never yet reached me, I cannot conceive what accident has befallen them.

With great respect sir Your Obd: Servt:

Bernard Peyton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 2 Apr. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Thomas A. Digges, 15 June 1818, on recto and verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Milton” by “Mail”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 23 Mar.

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods and people to and from Richmond search
  • cotton; TJ orders seed search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and wine acquired by TJ search
  • James River; water level of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Johnson, William (boatman); transports goods from Richmond search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods and people to and from search
  • seeds; cotton search
  • wine; sent to TJ search