Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 9 September 1819

From Bernard Peyton

Rich’d 9th Septemr 1819

Dear Sir,

I regreted very much indeed that the unfortunate failure of Col Nicholas and other circumstances should have compelled me to return to Richmond from the other side the mountain1 by a more direct route than I contemplated when I left home, & of course deprived me the pleasure of seeing you at Poplar Forrest as I intended & very much wished, I am the more concerned at this, since I hear it might have been in my power to render you some service in the unfortunate predicament2 you, like myself, have been lately placed by the suspension of Col N., I trust tho’ [i]t3 may not yet be too late, & pray you now to be assured that any service whatever I can render you in this business or any other, will be performed with the utmost cheerfulness, & beg you will at all times command me without reserve.   Mr Gibson has no doubt informed you of the situation of the notes you are bound for, for Col N., when they next become due, & what the Bank will expect from you, I therefore consider it unnecessa[ry] to repeat it, & will merely add whilst on this [su]bject, that the general impression here is, that the [s]pecific leins given by Col N. previous to his fail[ure] to various individuals to secure debts not of [an?] [us]urious character will very nearly sweep his [whole?] estate, & leave some of his endorsers, [& debts?] [. . .] [. . .]ity unprovided for, of this tho’ [. . .] [. . .]tainly, but as far as I am concerned individually, never calcu[l]ate4 on receiving one shilling, altho’ the debt was contracted, & always continued in perfect confidence, & relying solely on his honor.—I mention these things to you confidentially, & merely to give you my idea of his affairs that you may shape your course accordingly for what you are concerned: The feelings & sentiments of the people here on the subject are extremely strong in condemnation of the course the Col has persued, and expressed without reserve, I tho’ for many reasons should not5 like to be considered as taking any part in it.   Thinking it possible you may not be correctly informed of the time of falling due the notes you are on for Col Nicholas, I enclose the notices herewith, as well as the $3,000 note at the Farmers Bank which the Col endorsed for you

The cement & small Box Books mentioned in a former letter as having been received, are still on hand waiting a conveyance, the first that offers shall be embraced.

With great respect & esteem Dr sir
Your Mo: Obd: Sert:

Bernard Peyton

RC (MHi); water stained; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Sept. 1819 but recorded in SJL as received one day earlier. Enclosures not found.

1Preceding two words interlined.

2Manuscript: “pedicament.”

3Word faint.

4Edge chipped.

5Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • building materials; cement search
  • cement; sent to TJ search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Richmond); and W. C. Nicholas’s debts search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and W. C. Nicholas’s debts search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; endorses notes for W. C. Nicholas search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • New York (city); cement in search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); finances of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ endorses notes for search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and W. C. Nicholas’s debts search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search