Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 27 January 1821

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Jan. 27. 21.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 9th was recieved in due time. I do not know the exact date or amount of my note in the bank of Virginia, except that the latter is between 11. & 1200.D. I therefore inclose you a blank, hoping it is in time for renewal. I find myself so much declining by age and ill health in the attention and energy necessary for business that I am turning every thing over to my grandson whose industry and correctness renders him worthy of all confidence. he is now in Richmd and I desired him to explain to you the unfortunate accident just happened to the Shadwell mill; of the main shaft snapping in two which will disable them from delivering flour for a month to come. Capt Peyton being the agent of my grandson in Richmond has been the occasion of my concerns being partly1 addressed to him: but really if produce is to continue at what it is, we must abandon raising as it does not repay the expence of culture alone, and I see no resource but to clothe & feed ourselves, and to buy nothing, as we can make nothing to pay for it. I hope your health is becoming better and beg you to be assured of my great friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of James Madison to TJ, 28 Sept. 1819; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

TJ’s grandson was Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • flour; milling of search
  • flour; price of 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
  • Peyton, Bernard; as T. J. Randolph’s agent search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Monticello search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); visits Richmond search
  • Shadwell mills; accident at search