Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William F. Gray, 28 January 1820

To William F. Gray

Monticello Jan. 28. 20.


I recieved yesterday your favor of the 20. together with my account which shall be promptly attended to. besides the common calamity of the suspension of all money circulation, we have here the additional one of having by an extraordinary drought had the navigation of our river suspended ever since June, since which time not a boat load of produce has been carried to Richmond which is always the deposit of my funds. these have been exhausted in consequence, but the moment a sufficient rain shall set our boats afloat, I shall replenish them and send you a draught on Richmond. I do not see the Analectic magazine and mr Silliman’s periodical work in your account: and yet I think you informed me you were agent for them. if so I will pray you to send me a note of what I owe for them, which I do not know my self. no such bookshop as you mention has come to Charlottesville, nor have I heard of such an one. I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Wm F. Gray”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • American Journal of Science search
  • banks; distressed situation of search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; bookstore proposed for search
  • currency; paper search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; and bookstore for Charlottesville search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; as subscription agent search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; letters to search
  • Gray, William Fairfax; TJ’s account with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with W. F. Gray search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • Silliman, Benjamin; andAmerican Journal of Science search
  • subscriptions, for publications; journals search
  • The Analectic Magazine search
  • weather; drought search