Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 19 April 1821

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello. Apr. 19. 21.

Dear Sir

I shall set out to Poplar Forest within a day or two, to be back within about 3. weeks. I do not know how much of my flour has been sent to you, but when all is down it will be about 370. or 80. barrels. I remitted you lately 581.51 with a request to make a particular application of 444.D. of it, & to hold the balance 137.51. to my credit, and Jefferson will recieve for me within a few days & remit to you 353.49. whenever of these or any other monies of mine you shall have as much as 300.D. in hand I mu[st] request you to remit that sum for me to John Vaughan of Philada sending at the same time the inclosed letter which explains the object of the remittance.

In your letter of Feb. 12. you said you had nailrods [. . .] 7.D. the bundle of 56. ℔. I think this must have been a mistake for 7.D. the long hundred. because when I kept a Nailery, my rods cost me at Philada regularly 123.D. the ton; sometime ago I think I saw them quoted at about 137. but in the latest price current I have which is of N.Y. 1818. they are from 105. to 120.D. the ton.   I suppose it an error for this further1 reason that while the rod is 14. cents a pound, nails are said to be 10. cents   will you be so good as to set me to rights on this subject, and to say whether I could depend on always getting a supply at Richmond. affectionate salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Arthur S. Brockenbrough to TJ; edge trimmed; damaged at seal, with six words rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Capt Peyton”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to John Vaughan, 19 Apr. 1821, and enclosures.

jefferson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph. A long hundred weighed 120 pounds (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends , see “hundred”).

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; lines of credit in Europe search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); management of search
  • naileries; nail-rod and iron stock search
  • nails; price of search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and nail-rod for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s flour search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Monticello search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and TJ’s lines of credit in Europe search