Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 13 July 1820

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello July 13. 20.

Dear Sir

I have to ask the favor of you to dispose of the inclosed bill of exchange for me. it is drawn by Dr Everitt on James Maury of Liverpool, being the nett proceeds of tobaccos consigned by the Dr to Maury, sold by the latter, and the account of sales acknoleging the balance of 240 £–15 s–8 d sterling in his hands and liable to order. these papers under Maury’s hand Dr Everitt shewed to my grandson in whose favor the draft is; and should any doubt of it’s solidity be apprehended, mr Anderso[n] of Richmd the correspdt of the Dr can vouch the facts.

As soon as sold I will pray you to remit 200.D. of the proceeds to mr John Vaughan of Philadelphia on my acct and to give me immediate notice that I may draw on you for the balance: for so pressing are the calls for money that every day is an additional day of uneasiness, and so pressing in deed is a particular call for the sum of 152. D 90 cents that I have ventured to draw on you for it in favor of Jacob W. White. as this draught1 is to go from hence to Bedford and thence to Richmd my confiden[ce] has been that before it reaches you you will have effected the sale of the bill, or that it will in some way give you the means of honoring the draug[ht.] I will further pray of you, as soon as you recieve the proceeds to inclos[e] to me by post 225.D. and for the balance I shall give special draughts on you. ever and affectionately Yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Capt Peyton”; endorsed by TJ.

Earlier this day TJ received the enclosed bill of exchange, not found, from Charles Everette (dr everitt). Drawn in favor of TJ’s grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph and worth $1,070.15 when converted into United States currency, it represented a partial payment for the “400. as. land called Pouncey’s” that Everette had recently purchased from TJ “@ 12.50 per acre” (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, 2 vols., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1365).

1Word interlined in place of “bill.”

Index Entries

  • Anderson, Mr. (of Richmond) search
  • banks; currency issued by search
  • currency; paper search
  • Everette, Charles; buys TJ’s Pouncey’s tract search
  • Everette, Charles; sells tobacco search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to J. W. White search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells land search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); sells tobacco search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and currency for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and payments to TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Pouncey’s tract (TJ’s Albemarle Co. property) search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and sale of TJ’s Pouncey’s tract search
  • tobacco; sale of search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and payments made for TJ search
  • White, Jacob W.; TJ’s debt to search