Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 9 February 1821

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Feb. 9. 21.

Dear Sir

I expect that my grandson informed you of the misfortune which had stopped for a while the Shadwell mills. it will still be ten days or a fortnight before they will be able to recommence grinding, and consequently before we can be again getting down our flour. in the mean time I was obliged to draw on you yesterday in favor of Wolfe and Raphael for 100.D. which shall be replaced the moment our mills are in motion. I must pray you to render me your account, say to Dec. 31. and thence regularly every quarter, this being my habitual course. otherwise, not knowing all the items here I lose sight of it.   I have a smith’s shop which has leisure beyond my own work, and I am thinking of setting them to make nails at their spare time. will you be so good as to inform me of the prices of nail rod in Richmond and also of the prices of wrought nails there of the different sizes sold by the barrel. supposing the time for renewing my notes to be at hand I inclose you blanks & salute you affectionat[ely]

Th: Jefferson

P.S. will you send me a sheet or two of blanks of the bk of the US. & of the Farmers.

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of William Robertson to TJ, 12 Oct. 1819; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Capt Bernard Peyton”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found.

my grandson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph. TJ recorded having drawn on Peyton in favor of wolfe and raphael on 8 Feb. 1821 “to pay them groceries 77.79 and cash 22.21 which I now recieve.” The next day he recorded enclosing blank notes to Peyton “for renewal, to wit 3000 & 2250 to bk. US. & 2500. to Farmer’s bank” (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 , 2:1372).

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; TJ’s loan from search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • groceries; purchased by TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); blacksmith shop at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • naileries; nail-rod and iron stock search
  • nails; price of search
  • Peyton, Bernard; account with TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and nail-rod for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s flour search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and Shadwell mills search
  • Shadwell mills; flour mill at search
  • Wolfe & Raphael (Charlottesville firm); TJ pays search