Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 15 November 1820

To Patrick Gibson

Poplar Forest. Nov. 15. 20.

[De]ar Sir

I was so much engaged for some time before I left Monticello that it quite escaped me that my note in the Virginia bank must be near it’s term of renewal: and the failure occurs to me here where I have not your letter to remind me either of date or sum. thinking it must be over a thousand dollars I inclose you a note with a blank for the odd hundreds as well as for the date.   by my last account rendered I percieved that you were upwards of 200.D. in advance for me. this happens at the unlucky season when our river i[s] generally in default. but I left in charge with my grandson to avail himself of the first tide to send you a boatload or two of flour, which I hope he will be able soon to do. with every wish for the reestablishment of your health I salute you with constant friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; salutation trimmed and one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

my grandson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Gibson, Patrick; account with TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Gibson, Patrick; health of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and TJ’s flour search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search