Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 22 June 1820

To Patrick Gibson

Monticell[o] June.1 22. 20.

Dear Sir

Your letter of June 10. has been duly recieved. the 5. barrels of flour lately delivered by Craddock are a part of 20. barrels which he purloined out of a boatload sent from here in Octob. but which by a fall of the water did not get to Richmd until December. he withheld & sold 20. barrels & forged your reciept for the whole load. this parcel has been missing in our accounts until producing your2 reciept the alteration of the figures was discovered, and to avoid prosecution3 he promised to replace it immediately.

I am extremely anxious to hear that the remittance of 444 D. has been made to mr Vaughan; because until I know that fact I cannot write to him how to dispose of it. my letter of the 7th inst. stated the grounds on which this was requested, to wit, the balance of 400.81 D of your acct of May 16. and the 79.05 proceeds of the hhd of tobo last sold as mentioned in yours of June 2. I will thank you therefore for this information. it was not till lately that I learned with certainty the afflicting state of your health it’s severity & long continuance. I sincerely sympathise in it and pray for it’s relief being with real affection and respect

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Adams to TJ, 12 May 1820; dateline faint; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ.

1Reworked from “Jul.”

2Word interlined in place of “the.”

3Manuscript: “posecution.”

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Craddock (Cradock), John (boatman); accused of theft search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; account with TJ 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; health of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • Richmond, Va.; TJ’s tobacco sold at search
  • tobacco; sale of search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and payments made for TJ search