Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 14 August 1820

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Aug. 14. 20.

Th:J. to Capt Peyton.

In a letter addressed to mr Dearborne I inclose this which covers the one to mr Gray which Jefferson told me would be acceptable to you.—about 20. years ago, mr Stewart of Boston drew my portrait, for which I then paid him 100.D. about 12. or 15. years ago he desired me to set for him again saying he did not like the former portrait & would rather draw another for me. I sat for him, and moreover yielded to his request to keep it until he could have an engraving from1 it. that has been done long ago, but notwithstanding repeated applications he has never delivered either portrait. Genl Dearborne in the last instance undertook to try if he could obtain either, and I believe did obtain a promise thro mr Henry Dearborne, who can tell you the present state [of the?] negociation. perhaps your presence there and the conv[enience] of it’s coming to me under your care may be a stimulus to mr Stewart to deliver it to you, in obtaining which I am sure mr Dearborne will lend his kind assistance. affectionate salutns.

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of otherwise unlocated letter from James Madison to TJ, 8 Apr. 1820 (addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello near Charlottesville Va”; franked; postmarked Orange Court House, 10 Apr. 1820; recorded in SJL as received 10 Apr. from Montpellier); dateline at foot of text; mutilated at seal; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to William Gray, 13 Aug. 1820. Enclosed in TJ to Henry A. S. Dearborn, 14 Aug. 1820.

jefferson was Thomas Jefferson Randolph, and mr stewart was the artist Gilbert Stuart.

1Word interlined in place of “for.”

Index Entries

  • Dearborn, Henry; and G. Stuart’s portraits of TJ search
  • Dearborn, Henry Alexander Scammell; and G. Stuart’s portraits of TJ search
  • Dearborn, Henry Alexander Scammell; TJ introduces B. Peyton to search
  • Gray, William; TJ introduces B. Peyton to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; engravings of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; G. Stuart’s paintings search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters from accounted for search
  • paintings; by G. Stuart search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and G. Stuart’s portraits of TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; introduced by TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and B. Peyton search
  • Stuart, Gilbert; portraits of TJ by search