Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 16 January 1820

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Jan. 16. 20.

I am entirely in despair, dear Sir, on account of the obstinate state of our river. such a thing has never been known before since the opening it’s navigation 50. years ago, that the drought of the summer which commence[d] in June shoul[d] meet the ice of the winter, without a single interval for [a] boat to make a trip. for of the 100. Bar. of flour I sent from her[e]1 Oct. 10. I learn that 60. barrels are still lying in the lower part of [t]he river, and none of the boats which went then have yet got back. I have flour enough ready in the mill, but see no prospect of getting it off unless a plentiful & warm rain shou[ld]2 come to our aid, fill the river and melt and carry off the [ice]; I am miserable at leaving you so long in advance for me and more so at the apprehension of a commencement of curtailments, should any of the banks enter on that, against which I have no resource until our river recruits itself. I send you blanks for renewal. I do not know the exact days they are due, but hope they are in time. I salute you with great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of James P. Preston to TJ, 27 Feb. 1819; five words faint; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found.

1Word trimmed.

2Word trimmed.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; TJ’s loan from search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Rivanna River; ice on search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • Shadwell mills; flour from search
  • weather; drought search
  • weather; ice search