Thomas Jefferson Papers

Peachy R. Gilmer to Thomas Jefferson, 14 January 1821

From Peachy R. Gilmer

Liberty 14th Jany 1821

Dr Sir

Mrs Trist some time ago presented me a campeachy chair, which had been sent for her, to Monticello and informed me that you had been so obliging, as to offer to send it to Poplar Forest. I have since heard nothing of it and should be glad to get, it, If at Poplar Forest you will do me the favour, to direct Mr Yancey, to deliver it to me—If at Monticello I will request Mr Minor to forward it by his boat, to James River, and have it sent to Lynchburg: I should not have troubled you with any notice of the matter, but presume that amongst concerns of so much more importance, it has been forgotten.

Very Respectfully yr obt servt.

P. R Gilmer

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 21 Jan. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Daniel Brent, 9 Mar. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello By Mail”; franked; inconsistently postmarked Liberty, 13 Jan.

Peachy Ridgeway Gilmer (1779–1836), attorney, was the son of TJ’s friend George Gilmer (d. 1795) and brother of Francis W. Gilmer. Born in Albemarle County, he received a private education before attending the College of William and Mary for one session, 1797–98. Gilmer afterwards studied law with his brother-in-law William Wirt, and he was admitted to the Albemarle County bar. In 1803 he married Mary House, the niece of Elizabeth Trist. Three years later Gilmer moved to Henry County and practiced law. In 1818 he moved to the town of Liberty (later Bedford), where he was admitted to the Bedford County bar and appointed commonwealth’s attorney later the same year. Gilmer returned to Albemarle County permanently in 1830. He owned five slaves in 1820 and fifty in 1830 (ViU: Gilmer Family Correspondence, including Gilmer’s memoir; John Gilmer Speed, The Gilmers in America [1897], 72–91, 151–2; William and Mary Provisional List description begins A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. From 1693 to 1888, 1941 description ends , 19; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 207–8, 381, 402; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, James P. McClure, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 43 vols. description ends , 42:494–5; Historical Sketch, Bedford County, Virginia [1907], 23; DNA: RG 29, CS, Bedford Co., 1820, 1830, Albemarle Co., 1830; Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser, 15 Apr. 1836; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 22 Apr. 1836; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 12:187–9).

Index Entries

  • campeachy chairs search
  • furniture; campeachy chairs search
  • Gilmer, Peachy Ridgeway; and campeachy chair search
  • Gilmer, Peachy Ridgeway; identified search
  • Gilmer, Peachy Ridgeway; letter from search
  • Minor, Peter; mentioned search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); furnishings at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); furniture at search
  • Trist, Elizabeth House; and campeachy chairs search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search