Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 16 September 1820, with Jefferson’s Note

To Bernard Peyton, with Jefferson’s Note

Poplar Forest Sep. 16. 20.

Dear Sir

In the 1st week of Oct. perhaps on the 3d or 4th day mr Eppes will deposit with his agent in Richmond, 500.D. subject to my order. this is intended to meet the curtailment of October of which you were so kind as to give me timely notice. at the same time perhaps, or if not, then certainly in all that month he will deposit 3500.D. more in like manner. for these sums I shall send you an order on his agent as soon as I shall know his name.

I am here in a leaky house, which cannot be remedied but by sheet iron & tin. I have no funds at present in Richmond, but I presume you can purchase these articles for me on a little credit, which can be paid from the deposit before mentioned. will you then be so good as to procure me a box of tin, and 24. sheets of iron not less than 5. feet long but as much longer as can be had. the breadth to be any where from 12. to 18 I. I shall be at Monticello by the 24th and shall send off my waggon to this place about the 3d or 4th of Oct, and as that will be my quickest & surest conveyance I must pray you to send the iron and tin immediately by some Augusta waggon, to be lodged with James Leitch in Charlve who will pay the carriage, and drop me a line to Monticello that I may know what to depend on. I shall set out again for this place on the 7th of Oct. to continue here till December.1 I have ordered 100. bar. of flour to be sent to mr Gibson from the Shadwell mills on the first rain which shall make our river boatable. affectionly yours

Th: Jefferson

[Note by TJ at foot of text:]

P.S. added for books from N.Y.

PoC (MHi); adjacent to signature: “Capt Peyton”; endorsed by TJ.

John Wayles Eppes’s agent in richmond was George Perkins. Peyton gave TJ timely notice of the upcoming $500 curtail on his note with the Farmers’ Bank of Virginia in a letter dated 1 June 1820.

1Reworked from “Oct.”

Index Entries

  • building materials; iron search
  • building materials; tin search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and loan to TJ search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • iron; sheet search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from J. W. Eppes search
  • Leitch, James; agent for TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Perkins, George; as agent for J. W. Eppes search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and payments to TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s flour search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); roof at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ describes search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • Shadwell mills; flour from search
  • tin; TJ buys search
  • wagons; transport goods to and from Richmond search
  • wagons; transport people and goods between Monticello and Poplar Forest search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • weather; rain search