Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 16 March 1821

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Mar. 16. 21.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night yours of the 12th and could scarcely believe it possible I should have made such a blunder as the omission to name the sum to be remitted to Messrs Leroy & Bayard. but turning to my letter I found it really so. I am quite ashamed of it. the sum is 125.D. the inclosed letter from mr Maury came to my hands 9. months ago, and having not heard from mr Pickett I have taken for granted the bust mentioned in it never came to hand. will you be so good as to have it shewn to him by way of enquiry merely.   the instrument of security I mean to send you is only waiting for a 3d witness, which will be the first person who shall call on me. this is a measure which my own conscience forces me to, in order that it may not affect your [o]wn credit when it shall be known that you hold security in your own hands. the draught for 1348.47 D in favor of Leitch is correct, and I drew on you on the 13th for 50.D. in favor of mr Hatch. be assured of my constant and affectionate friendship.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of address cover of otherwise unlocated letter from Francis Eppes to TJ, 1 Jan. 1821 (see note to TJ to Eppes, 19 Jan. 1821); mutilated at seal, with some missing text rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Capt Peyton”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: James Maury to TJ, 26 June 1820.

mr pickett: Robert Pollard. the instrument of security was an early version of TJ’s Deed of Trust of Milton Lands to Philip N. Nicholas and William Nekervis, 11 July 1821.

James leitch sent TJ a receipt dated Charlottesville, 8 Mar. 1821, for the payment on his account, in which he “Thankfully Acknowledges the Receipt of Mr Jefferson’s Draft on Capt Peyton for Thirteen Hundred & Forty Eight Dollars 47100 in payment of his last Years Account & Solicits when at any time he may require an advance in Cash to Draw on him as formerly” (MS in MHi; in Leitch’s hand; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ, with his additional notation: “reciept”).

The $50 payment to Frederick W. hatch covered a half year of tuition for TJ’s grandsons Benjamin F. Randolph and Meriwether L. Randolph at Hatch’s Charlottesville school (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).

Index Entries

  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Hatch, Frederick Winslow; and education of TJ’s grandsons search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Leitch search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Deed of Trust of Milton Lands to Philip N. Nicholas and William Nekervis search
  • Leitch, James; account with TJ search
  • Leitch, James; TJ pays search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); and TJ’s debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); sends bust to TJ search
  • N. & J. & R. van Staphorst (Amsterdam firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • Nekervis, William; TJ deeds Milton land to search
  • Nicholas, Philip Norborne; TJ deeds Milton land to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Pollard, Robert; as J. Maury’s agent search
  • Randolph, Benjamin Franklin (TJ’s grandson); education of search
  • Randolph, Meriwether Lewis (TJ’s grandson); education of search
  • Roscoe, William; bust of search
  • sculpture; of W. Roscoe search