Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 21 July 1820

From Bernard Peyton

Rich’d 21 July 1820

Dear sir,

I send by the stage under care a friend of mine, your bundle Books recd from Mr Gibson—They are directed to be left with Mr Jas Leitch Charlottesville, & hope they will reach you safely—

I understand from Governor Randolph that Mr Monroe is at present in Albemarle, should I be asking too much, or desiring you to depart from any rule of conduct you may have laid down for yourself, in requesting that you would mention to Mr Monroe1 the subject of the appointment of a Post Master,2 or Collecter for this City, whichever may be first vacated?—if I should, nothing believe me would be further from me than a desire that you would do so.—If you have no scruples, it might be of service to one who is already under many obligations to you—

From the loud & increasing complaints against the P.M. here, should not be surprised at his removal, particularly as these complaints are certainly well founded, it is therefore that I am the more solicitous to be in the view of the President in time, & thinking too you would probably prefer mentioning the subject in person, confidentially to him, to writing, if you think proper to interfere in the business at all,—which I beg you will not do, further than you have already done me this favor, if you feel the least delicacy on the subject from any cause, for I would not cause you one unpleasant feeling to possess the office—may I ask the favor of a reply, to this at your convenience? giving any information you may possess as to my prospects of success—

With sincere affection Yours Mo Truely

B. Peyton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 23 July 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

William Foushee was the post master of Richmond, while James Gibbon was customs collector (collecter) there until he died in 1835. Foushee remained in office until his own death in 1824.

1Manuscript: “Monre.”

2Manuscript: “Mastr.”

Index Entries

  • carriages; stagecoaches search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; stagecoach to and from Richmond search
  • Foushee, William; as postmaster of Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and goods for TJ search
  • Highland (J. Monroe’s Albemarle Co. estate); J. Monroe at search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Leitch, James; and packages for TJ search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; seeks federal appointment search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and J. Monroe search
  • Richmond, Va.; collector at search
  • Richmond, Va.; postmaster at search
  • Richmond, Va.; stagecoach to and from search