Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 13 October 1820, with Eppes’s Note

To John Wayles Eppes, with Eppes’s Note

Monticello Oct. 13. 20.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 7th came to hand yesterday. my journey to Bedford is of necessity postponed indefinitely by the circumstance of 3. of my carriage horses being recently taken with the disease called the sore tongue, which I am told will require 10. days for cure and leave them so emaciated as not to be able to take the road for some time. this will bring on cold weather which will oblige us to hurry thro’ our journey by the most direct route. I therefore send a sober and trusty servant by whom I must request you to send the check proposed in your letter. I annex a reciept for it, and obligation for the negroes, interest Etc according to what has past between us. if I am mistaken in any circumstances, or if there is any defect of form or substance in the paper, I will renew it with such corrections as shall be satisfactory to you. the bearer is charged with special care of your letter as containing a paper of great consequence to me, and not to trust it to any pocket, but to sew it inside of his waistcoat, & not to pull that off at night.

Francis had informed me he should go with you to Richmond and proceed thence to Columbia, and requested me to write to him there. I have done so, advising him as to his course, and the letter will be there by the time he arrives. Dr Cooper writes me he will be here the next week, and I shall take care to engage his best offices & patronage to Francis. we are all well here and salute yourself & family with affectionate attachment and respect.

Th: Jefferson

[Note by Eppes at foot of text:]

Richmond oct. 7. paid Bernard Peyton by directions from Thos Jefferson 500.  dollars.
oct. 15th delivered to his servant Gilly a check on the Bank of Virginia for } 3.500. 
These two payments amount in the contract annexed 4.000  as stated

RC (CSmH: JF); on a sheet folded to form four pages, with letter on p. 1, p. 2 blank, enclosure on p. 3, and TJ’s endorsement on p. 4; adjacent to signature: “John W. Eppes esq.”; additional notation by TJ beneath endorsement: “with my bond.”

On this day TJ paid Gill Gillette (gilly) one dollar for his “exp. to Mr. Eppes’s,” and Gillette returned thirty-one cents in change on 19 Oct. 1820 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, 2 vols., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1368, 1369).

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); drafts on search
  • clothing; waistcoats search
  • coats; waistcoats search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); professor at South Carolina College search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); visits Monticello search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, at South Carolina College search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and loan to TJ search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters to search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Gillette, Gill (TJ’s slave; b.1792); delivers payment search
  • horses; medical conditions of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; buys and sells slaves search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from J. W. Eppes search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); horses at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Cooper, Thomas search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and payments to TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • slaves; errands by search
  • slaves; TJ sells search
  • slaves; travels of search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); and F. W. Eppes search
  • weather; cold search