Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to LeRoy, Bayard & Company, 21 February 1819

To LeRoy, Bayard & Company

Monticello Feb. 21. 19.

Messrs LeRoy1 & Bayard

I have been unfortunate the last two years in the produce of my farms, and when the seasons fail us the farmer has no other resource. the circumstances too which have lately disturbed the operations of the banks reach even those who do not use that recourse, by the pressure it brings on them from those who do. the payment of my last instalment to the house of my friends Van Staphorsts and Hubard, due in the month of May next, would by these circumstances be rendered very difficult, if I could accomplish it at all. I have therefore hoped that the same friendly motives which produced and continued the original accomodation might induce a continuation, for another year, of this last portion of the loan, on my paying up the interest to the commencement of the present year. to ask this indulgence therefore, and on that condition is the object of the present letter, which is written thus early to lessen the inconvenience that might arise from a later application for this indulgence, which will be recieved thankfully as a kind & friendly accomodation. I pray you to be assured of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NIC; tipped into the Marguerite and Nicholas Noyes album of presidential autographs). RC (R & R Enterprises auction catalogue 309, Amherst, N.H., May 2006, item 100); address cover only; addressed: “Messrs LeRoy & Bayard New York”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 23 Feb.; endorsed by a representative of the firm as received 27 Feb. 1819 and answered the same day. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas C. Flournoy to TJ, 4 Jan. 1819; mutilated at seal, with one word rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “LeRay.”

Index Entries

  • banks; and Panic of1819 search
  • crops; yields of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; bonds with van Staphorst & Hubbard search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); and TJ’s debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); letters to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); crops at search
  • N. & J. & R. van Staphorst; TJ’s debt to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); crops at search
  • United States; Panic of1819 search
  • van Staphorst & Hubbard (Amsterdam firm); TJ’s bonds to search
  • weather; effect on crops search