Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 12 May 1820

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello May 12. 20.

Dear Sir

By the reciept produced by Johnson I find he delivered you the 36. barrels of flour mentioned in my letter of Apr. 14. on the 15th of that month. al[th]o1 I have not heard of it’s sale yet I presume it has been made and that you have been so kind as to make the remittance of 125.D. to messrs Leroy and Bayard as requested in my letter of Apr. 9.   having heard that the price of flour has improved lately in Richmond, I have trusted that the proceeds of the 36. Bar. of flour with the balance of 57.75 in my favor, besides the remittance of 125.D. would cover tw[o] urgent draughts which I have this day made on you, the one [in fa]vor2 of Joel Wolfe for 35. D 68 C and the other of   Hepburn for 50.D. not knowing his Christian name that will be inserted in the draught by another hand. this last draught goes circuitously by Lynchbg. I am anxious to hear of the arrival and sale of my tobo and the remittance of 675.D. of it’s proceeds to [mr] Vaughan. I salute you with friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Adams to TJ, 20 Jan. 1820; two words faint; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ.

On this date TJ recorded that his payment to joel wolfe covered the balance owed him for groceries through 30 Apr. 1820 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1364).

1Ink stained.

2Torn at seal.

Index Entries

  • flour; price of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • groceries; purchased by TJ search
  • Hepburn, Alexander; TJ pays search
  • Johnson, William (boatman); transports flour to Richmond search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); and TJ’s debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • N. & J. & R. van Staphorst; TJ’s debt to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • Vaughan, John; makes payments for TJ search
  • Wolfe, Joel; TJ pays search