Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 24 January 1820

To Bernard Peyton

Monto Jan. 24. 20.

Dear Sir

In a former letter I asked the favor of you to forward to me by waggon a box of books which I expected from N. York. but I presume they are ice-bound in James river. among a number of boxes of other things from Alexandria which I suppose are in Richmond and which must wait till the boats can run, there is a box of 50. ℔ raisins which I would gladly recieve by waggon also: the box is marked T.I. and is from Marseilles.

I must ask the favor of you to send me 10. gross of the best velvet corks, which I believe must come by waggon, as also a barrel of buckwheat flour, which I am told is brought from the North very fine. we have heretofore had it from Augusta, but not of the best, and this year it has failed there. ever and affectionately yours.

Th: Jefferson

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

Corks of the highest quality were classified as superfine, or velvet (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Augusta County, Va.; buckwheat flour from search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • buckwheat search
  • corks; velvet search
  • flour; buckwheat search
  • food; raisins search
  • household articles; corks search
  • James River; ice on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and corks for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • raisins; TJ orders search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • weather; ice search