Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 23 April 1820

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Apr. 23. 20.

Dear Sir

After the departure of our mail of yesterday, I recieved a letter from mr Yancey at the Poplar Forest dated on the 12th saying that on that day or the morrow a boat would leave Lynchburg with 7. hhds of my tobo weighing about 10,000 ℔. he speaks of 6. of them of excellent quality for which he could that day have 8½.D. in Lynchburg. perhaps it would have been better he should have taken it, as the quality seems more esteemed there than in Richmond. till within a few years it was in a line in Richmond with the [s]uperior1 crops: but latterly either the fashion or quality seems to have changed. I have reserved that part of my produce for a remittance of 675.D. to Europe. I will therefore pray you, when the proceeds are in hand to remit the sum of 675.D. to John Vaughan of Philadelphia, and when sold to give me notice that I may inform him of it’s application. I salute you with friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Eulalie Cathalan to TJ, 10 Nov. 1819; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding three words interlined or added in margin. Final word trimmed, now reading “[su]perior,” with the “u” still visible on earlier microfilm copies of this manuscript (DLC: TJ Papers, 217:38782).

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; boats traveling to and from search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; in Richmond market search
  • tobacco; price of in Lynchburg search
  • Vaughan, John; makes payments for TJ search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search