Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Gelston, 27 August 1820

To David Gelston

Monticello Aug. 27. 20.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night your favor of the 21st and at the same time an invoice of the books from Debure, cost1 180. ƒ charges 11–50 making 191–50 ƒ which invoice I now inclose you with a request of it’s return, with notice of the duties and charges for which I shall be your debtor. the sum being too small to be remitted by a draught, I will inclose it in a bank bill with an allowance for their discount at N. York. I shall be thankful to you to forward the books to Richmond either to mr Gibson, or to Capt Bernard Peyton, who, during the long illness of mr Gibson, has done business for me occasionally. I salute you with great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Grace Floyd Delafield Robinson, Greenport, N.Y., 1947); addressed: “David Gelston esq. New York”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 29 Aug.; endorsed by Gelston, with his additional notation at foot of text:

“sep 1—pd $555100
 〃 pd fret  2.20  $775100.”

PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover; mutilated at seal; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: enclosure to de Bure Frères to TJ, 26 June 1820.

1RC: “cost <19>,” with number not canceled in PoC.

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