Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 21 February 1819

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Feb. 21. 19.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 8th is recieved with my acct from July 10. to that day. these accounts alone enable me to settle my flour rents with those who owe them, and to know if they have delivered all which should be delivered. in proceeding to this examination for the last year, I am stopped short by a chasm in the accts which I possess from the 13th of April to the 10th of July. for this period I know that I recieved an account from you which resulted in the balance of 375.25 carried on to this last account. your letter of July 11. mentions it’s being inclosed, and mine of July 20. acknoleges it’s reciept. yet by some accident it has got shifted out of it’s place in my bundles and every search I have made for it has proved ineffectual. under these circumstances I am constrained to ask another copy of it say, of the intervening account between that ending Apr. 13. & this last commencing July 10. and resulting in the balance of 375.25 D I am sorry to occasion this 2d trouble, but I have no other means of remedy.

We have upwards of 100. Bar. of flour now lying in the mill ready, and only awaiting for boats to carry it to you. I will ask at the same time as a further aid in the settlement of my rents, what flour remained on hand with you at the date of the last account of Feb. 8.1 accept the assurance of my friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Joel Yancey to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Gibson, 22 Feb. 1819.

For Gibson’s missing favor of the 8th, see note to Gibson to TJ, 18 Feb. 1819.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • flour; as rent search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; account with TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; rent due TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • rent; paid in flour search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • Shadwell mills; flour from search