Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Fernagus De Gelone, 4 February 1820

To Fernagus De Gelone

Monticello Feb. 4. 20.


Your favor of Jan. 22. is recieved by our last mail. I acknolege myself in default with you, but I assure you not in fault. to the common calamity which so suddenly suspended the circulation and collection of money, has been added another peculiar to my neighborhood, a drought of 7. months (from July 1.) unexampled in our history, has kept our river impracticable, on [w]hich alone we depend for getting produce to market. during [t]hat time our produce has been lying dead on [our?] hands, and kept us in an exhausted state I now inclose [. . .] the amount of my debt to you, 21.D. and trust with confidence that such a default, under circumstances of such unexampled combination, can never again happen. I inclose in fact 22.D. to cover the discount which may be on Virginia bankpaper in N. York and I salute you with esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Fontaine Maury to TJ, 14 Feb. 1819; damaged at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Fernagus de Gelone”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • banks; distressed situation of search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • currency; paper search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; letters to search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; TJ pays search
  • Fernagus De Gelone, Jean Louis; TJ’s account with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. L. Fernagus De Gelone search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • weather; drought search