Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 22 February 1819

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Feb. 22. 19

Dear Sir

After writing the inclosed letter of yesterday your’s of the 18th came to hand, informing me of the proposed curtailments of the US. bank. until I recieve your answer to the inclosed I cannot make a correct estimate of my funds & engagements. yet certainly to meet the suddenness of the curtailment I must avail myself of the discount which Colo Nicholas supposes can be had, and which will give time for my produce from Bedford, and what remains here also to get to Richmond. I therefore inclose a new note for the sum stated in your letter as necessary, to wit, 1500.D. these operations are so disagreeable to me that instead of waiting to relieve myself and my friends from them by annual profits, I have determined to do it by the sale of some detached lands which I have long held unimproved & unemployed. I have given orders accordingly in Bedford, and shall pursue the same object here. as soon as this resource can be brought in I shall be able to wipe off the whole at once. this done, I shall be for ever at ease, because I know that my income is more than the double of my expences, if once cleared of interest.   learning that my annual supply of wines were arrived at Norfolk, I wrote to desire mr Mallory to forward them to you and to draw on you for duties & charges. he writes me that these amount to 133.44 D and that he had drawn on you for it, which I must pray you to honor.   I have had my note indorsed by my grandson, presuming that, being a mere ceremony, it would be accepted. I repeat the assurances of my great friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Cooper to TJ, 5 Jan. 1819; mutilated at seal, with missing word rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Gibson, 21 Feb. 1819. Other enclosure not found.

Charles K. Mallory’s missing letter to TJ of 13 Feb. 1819 is recorded in SJL as received 21 Feb. 1819 from Norfolk (address cover only in DLC; with PoC of TJ to Thomas W. White, 5 Feb. 1820, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; franked; postmarked Norfolk, 15 Feb.).

TJ’s grandson was Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; TJ’s loan from search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and wine acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; T. J. Randolph endorses notes for search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; tries to sell land search
  • Mallory, Charles King; and wine for TJ search
  • Mallory, Charles King; letter from accounted for search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and TJ’s bank loans search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); endorses bank notes search
  • taxes; customs search
  • taxes; on wine search
  • wine; sent to TJ search