Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 4 December 1819

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Dec. 4. 19.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night your’s of Nov. 29. you have rightly understood the expression in my letter of ‘the place under him’ assuredly meaning the principal office in Richmond under the PM.G.1 Jefferson’s sollicitations were warmly for yourself. he never had an idea of that or any thing else of the kind for himself. his views are fixed on the earth & his own industry only.

I intend this year to try my tobo at the Liverpool market by consigning it to my old classmate and friend Maury; and the rath[er] as I am told his agent will advance on the tobo after it is on board nearly as much as would be given for it here. but who is his agen[t] in Richmond or elsewhere? what will he advance? and will he consider an order placing the tobo in his hands, as if on board? will you procure me answers to these questions? my tobo is made on the red lands of Bedford, and is among the best crops there. ther[e] will be about 20,000 ℔. but cannot be in Richmond, all of it, til[l] March. ever and affectionately


Th: Jefferso[n]

PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Capt Peyton”; endorsed by TJ.

Peyton’s letters of nov. 29 (address cover only reused for PoC of TJ to Thomas Cooper, 9 Mar. 1822; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Milton”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 29 Nov.) and 9 Dec. 1819, both missing, are recorded in SJL as received from Richmond on 3 and 13 Dec., respectively. The postmaster general (pm.g.) was Return J. Meigs. jefferson’s: those of Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Robert Pollard was the Richmond agent for James maury.

1Manuscript: “RM.G.”

Index Entries

  • Liverpool; tobacco market in search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Meigs, Return Jonathan (ca.1765–1825); as postmaster general search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from accounted for search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; TJ recommends search
  • Pollard, Robert; as J. Maury’s agent search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); agricultural practices of search
  • Richmond, Va.; post office in search
  • Richmond, Va.; TJ’s tobacco sold at search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; sale of search