Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 5 April 1818

To Wilson Cary Nicholas

Monticello Apr. 5. 18.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Mar. 30. is at hand, and I so far avail myself of your friendship as to inclose you a note for 3000.D. meaning to trouble you only with the first negociation, as the renewals shall be attended to thro mr Gibson hereafter. I can by no means consent to your name being put on it, because in the place you are such a practice would overwhelm you with embarrasments. Jefferson is my endorser. he expressed some fear that his endorsements for his father might render the competency of his endorsement doubtful with the bank: but I am in hopes that the bank will consider my own competence such as to render an endorser a matter of form only, which they to be sure must require to preserve a rule necessary with them, but not so substantially in this case. I give mr Gibson an order to recieve the money when negociated, & to apply it to my uses.

Mr Coffee arrived here this morning. he represents his process as little troublesome. I set out for Bedford on the 8th. affectionately your’s

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi). PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of David Gelston to TJ, 6 Feb. 1818; at foot of text: “W. C. Nicholas”; endorsed by TJ.

The enclosed note, described elsewhere as “a note for 3000.D. to be negociated at bk. US.” (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), has not been found.

Nicholas’s place was president of the Richmond branch of the Second Bank of the United States. jefferson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second; Richmond branch of search
  • Bank of the United States, Second; TJ’s loan from search
  • banks; in Va. search
  • Coffee, William John; terra-cotta busts by search
  • Coffee, William John; visits Monticello search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of the United States search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Second Bank of the United States search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; W. J. Coffee’s terra-cotta bust search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Coffee, William J. search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and Second Bank of the United States search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and W. J. Coffee search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); endorses bank notes search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and T. J. Randolph search
  • sculpture; W. J. Coffee’s terra-cotta busts search
  • Virginia; banks in search