Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 12 March 1821

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 12 Mar: 1821

Dear Sir,

Our Mail from the West due last wednesday did not arrive until thursday night, after the Mail for that direction was closed, consequently could not acknowledge by it the rect your favor 4th curt, with the one enclosed for Dr Hosack—

I lost no time in procuring a check for $40 made payable to W. J. Coffee, & enclosing it in a letter to him, under cover the one to Dr Hosack, as you directed.

You1 request in your letter that I will make an immediate remittance to Messrs: Leroy & Bayard of New York, but do not state the amount—consequently have been unable to comply, but I wrote them stating the fact, & to say, that the remittance would be made so soon as I heard from you again.

The Books you wished I have procured, & send them under cover herewith, which I wish safe to hand.

Several of the drafts you advise of having drawn, have been presented & paid, & also one to Leitch for $134847100 without advice—when the balance appear they shall be honord.

The explanation you give of your affairs was quite unnecessary for me, & I beg you will not think that my wish for security for my endorsations for you proceeded from the slightest doubt of your ability to pay four times the amount of your debts, or from an idea that you would permit an endorser to suffer the slightest loss or inconvenience—I assure you nothing was farther from me, but I tho’t it best to guard against any possible circumstance which you could not control, particularly as I have lately had some serious lessons on this score, as you know:—my confidence in you is unlimited, & my desire to serve you is not exceeded by any one, as I shall be happy in every occasion of evincing—

With sincere regard Dr sir

Yours very Truely

Bernard Peyton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Mar. 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ employed the draft of $134847100 to settle his account with James Leitch from 1 Aug. 1819 to 1 Aug. 1820 (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, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1373). For the serious lessons, see Peyton to TJ, 4 Dec. 1820, 2 July 1821, and notes.

1Manuscript: “Your.”

Index Entries

  • Coffee, William John; and cement for TJ search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Hosack, David; transmits letters for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Leitch search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • Leitch, James; account with TJ search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); and TJ’s debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • N. & J. & R. van Staphorst (Amsterdam firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; as surety for J. Preston search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Preston, John (d.1827); as treasurer of Va. search