Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Brown to Thomas Jefferson, 20 February 1821

From James Brown

Charlottesville Feby 20th 1821


I calld on you last Spring for the payment of your Bond to Thomas F. Lewis for which I had advanced Cash, It probably has Slipt your Memory, that “I Said would deposit the Bond with Mr. James Leitch to whoom you would please make payment” (as you were not prepared to discharge it at the time I calld on you) haveing no particular use for the Money untill now, I have applied to Mr. Leitch for it to day & find it has not been paid: You will very much oblige me by either depositing the Money or a drft: on Richmond by the next Albemarle Court.—

Yr. Obt Servt

James Brown

RC (MHi); addressed: “Mr. Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 Feb. 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

On 11 Dec. 1819 TJ recorded his purchase from Thomas Fielding lewis of “a chesnut sorrel horse (Peacemaker)” for $125 (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 , 2:1359).

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County Court, Va. search
  • Brown, James (of Charlottesville); letters from search
  • Brown, James (of Charlottesville); TJ’s debt to search
  • chestnut; horse search
  • currency; paper search
  • horses; TJ buys search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Leitch search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to J. Brown search
  • Leitch, James; account with TJ search
  • Lewis, Thomas Fielding; sells horse to TJ search
  • Peacemaker (TJ’s horse) search