Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 10 September 1818

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Sep. 10. 18.

Dear Sir

I returned a few days ago from the springs, my health entirely prostrated by the use of the waters. they produced an imposthume, whic[h] with the torment of the journey back reduced me very low, so that I am not yet able to set up to write. but I am sensibly mending. my first attention has been to provide against your suffering as my endorse[r] by the bank curtailments. my grandson tells me he sent you on my account 50. Bar. flour in Aug. the river being low we are obliged to send half loads to Columbia, where we lodged 50. Barrels of flour som[e] days ago, and yesterday we loaded another half load on 2 boats, which are gone off and will take on the whole 100 barrels to you immediatel[y.] these you must sell for the current price so as to meet the curtailments. I now send you renewable notes for the banks of the US and of Virginia, blank, as I know not how to fill them. I have prepared a third for the note in the US. bank endorsed by my grandson, who not being here to endor[se]1 it I have thought it best not to lose a mail for these, and will inclose that by the next mail. the 150. barrels sent off in the last and present month will I hope cover your balance of July 1. and the curtailments of Aug. & Sep. for those of Oct. and Nov. be assured that timely provision shall be made so that you shall not flour being all ready in the mill, our only difficulties are boats & the state of the river. immediately on Johnson’s return I shall send off another 50. Bar. because I shal[l] be obliged within a short time to draw on you for about 300.D.

I expect that mr Johnson of Petersburg sent you some time ago a cas[k] of Scuppernon wine for me. that 2. cases of Tuscan wines addressed to yo[u] by the Collector of Phila Aug. 13. are now with you, and hope that 9 cases of wine addressed to you by the Collector of Alexa Aug. 28. & a box of Maccaro[ni] will be arrived by the time the boats get down, and that they will bring them a[ll] up. I salute you with affectionate friendship.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found.

the springs: Warm Springs. An imposthume is a cyst or abscess (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). my grandson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The collectors at phila and alexa were John Steele and William D. Simms, respectively.

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Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; TJ’s loan from search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Columbia (Fluvanna Co.) search
  • flour; shipment of search
  • food; macaroni search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; staphylococcus infection search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Warm Springs search
  • Johnson, Mr. (boatman); transports goods search
  • Johnson, Mr. (Petersburg merchant); and wine for TJ search
  • macaroni; sent to TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and TJ’s financial transactions search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Rivanna River; boats on search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • scuppernong (wine) search
  • Shadwell mills; flour mill at search
  • Simms, William Douglass; as deputy collector at Alexandria search
  • staphylococcus; TJ infected with search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); as collector at Philadelphia search
  • Tuscany, Italy; wine from search
  • Warm Springs (Bath Co.); TJ visits search
  • wine; of Tuscany search
  • wine; scuppernong search