Thomas Jefferson Papers

Patrick Gibson to Thomas Jefferson, 17 July 1820

From Patrick Gibson

Richmond 17th July 1820.


After a painful and tedious indisposition, which has confined me to the house for nearly the last eight months, and, during much of this time either by a total deprivation of sight or most acute pain, render’d me incapable of attending to my affairs, I am once more enabled to devote myself to business—This will explain to you and I trust serve as an appology for the manner of the letter written in my name the 22d of Feby and noticed in yours of the 22d May, which I did not see until to-day,—There was no intention on the part of the writer to refer to any previous transaction, but simply to express his apprehension that he would not be able to meet any dfts which might be made—The truth is that too great a confidence in mankind has deprived me of all my means, and prevents my making even the trifling temporary advances generally required

This explanation I consider due to you—I come now to reply to your favor of the 14th Inst enclosing a blank note for renewal in the Va bank—In consequence of an alteration in the discount day at that bank, your note due in May was put in for 57 d/. and fell due the 11th Inst—I was enabled to renew this with a blank I had in my possession, but only for $1307 instead of $1378 as you suppose—I am pleased that you have been able with so much facility to yourself to relieve me from my endorsement in the US: bank—as I find the actual loss of money is not all I shall have to contend with—Your dfts in favor of Wolfe and Norris have been paid—   With much respect and esteem I am

Your ob Servt

Patrick Gibson

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 23 July 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Joel Yancey, 2 Jan. 1822, on recto and verso; addressed in a clerk’s hand: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 18 July.

The letter of the 22d of feby written on Gibson’s behalf may have been that to TJ of 24 Feb. 1820, not found (see note to TJ to Gibson, 15 Mar. 1820). d/.: “days’ sight.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; TJ’s loan from search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Gibson, Patrick; financial situation of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; health of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from search
  • health; vision loss search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Norris, Opie; TJ pays search
  • Wolfe, Joel; TJ pays search