Thomas Jefferson Papers

George S. Gibson (for Patrick Gibson) to Thomas Jefferson, 2 June 1820

From George S. Gibson (for Patrick Gibson)

Richmond 2nd June 1820


Yours of the 22nd inclosing Blank Notes for renewal in the Banks, was duly received, the last Hhd of your Crop has been received & sold it was refused on acct of its being very much stained & in too high order

T.J. 1710. 160. 1550. Refusd at $5.10 = 79.05 it brought the highest price that refused Tobo has been sold for in this Market for some time past.—Flour is now $4 to 4⅛   I am

Yours Respectfully
Patrick Gibson
Pr George S Gibson

As soon as Mr Gibson has recovered he will write you in answer to what you say respecting his remaining under advances to you

Wth respect

G S Gibson

RC (DLC); entirely in George S. Gibson’s hand; postscript adjacent to first signatures; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Patrick Gibson received 6 June 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Rufus Woodward, 7 July 1820, on verso; addressed in a different hand: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 2 June.

George Sanderson Gibson (1800–72), physician, was the second son of Patrick Gibson, TJ’s business agent and frequent correspondent. Born in Richmond, he was educated in England and Holland. Gibson returned to the United States by 1819, took up the study of medicine, and received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1823. He settled thereafter in Baltimore, where he remained in private practice for forty years, reportedly declining a number of professorial positions in order to concentrate on his patients. Gibson was active in both the temperance and colonization movements, and he served as treasurer of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, 1836–38. He owned two slaves in 1840, and his estate was estimated to be worth $85,000 in 1860 and $150,000 a decade later. Gibson died in Baltimore (American Medical Association, Transactions 23 [1872]: 590–1; Vi: Gibson Family Papers; Eugene Fauntleroy Cordell, Historical Sketch of the University of Maryland School of Medicine [1891], 176; Baltimore Patriot & Mercantile Advertiser, 23 Apr. 1823, 21 Dec. 1831; Maryland State Colonization Society, Board of Managers, Annual Report 7 [1839]: 2; Cordell, The Medical Annals of Maryland, 1799–1899 [1903], 734; DNA: RG 29, CS, Md., Baltimore, 1840–70; Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 1872; gravestone inscription in Westminster Burial Ground, Baltimore).

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • flour; price of search
  • Gibson, George Sanderson; as clerk for P. Gibson search
  • Gibson, George Sanderson; identified search
  • Gibson, George Sanderson; letters from search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Gibson, Patrick; health of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • Richmond, Va.; TJ’s tobacco sold at search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search
  • tobacco; sale of search