Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to LeRoy, Bayard & Company, 15 March 1820

To LeRoy, Bayard & Company

Monticello Mar. 15. 20.

Messrs Leroy and Bayard1

The abject depression of the price of farming produce, owing more I believe to the failures of a part of our merchants an[d] state, either crippled or cautious, of those remaining, is and has been such that in the last and present year our flour has netted us but from 3.25 D to 3.50 D per barrel, which is not more than the half of a fair cash-market price, nor than the third of the price of two years ago. this obliged me the last year to ask the postponement of my last instalment then payable, on paying the interest; and the same circumstance obliges me now2 to renew the request on the same condition. on obtaining your permission therefore I will remit the year’s interest by the day it becomes due, and hope that a return of things to whatever fixt course they are finally3 to settle at, will relieve me from the continuance of this favor. I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ, the remainder of which was used for the PoC of TJ to Patrick Gibson, 15 Mar. 1820; one word faint; endorsed by TJ.

LeRoy, Bayard & Company’s response of 23 Mar. [1820] was located after print publication of this volume, has been added digitally, and will appear in the concluding supplement to the print edition.

1Manuscript: “Byard.”

2Word interlined.

3Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • banks; distressed situation of search
  • flour; price of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); and TJ’s debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); letters to search
  • N. & J. & R. van Staphorst; TJ’s debt to search
  • United States; economy of search