Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 19 April 1821

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 19 April 1821

Dear Sir

Yours of the 16th: reached me last evening, with its several enclosures.

The three checks on the Va Bank from the Bursar of the University were duely paid, amounting to $1781.57, & I will forthwith proceed to execute your wishes by purchasing a bill on London for the nett sum of $1644, the first of which, together with your letter to Mr Williams,1 shall go by the next ship to London or Liverpool, the duplicate by the succeeding one, & the triplicate sent to you.   I am sorry either you or the University are obliged to remit at this moment, when the rate of Exchange2 is so very high, say 6½ @ 7 Pr Ct & in the Northern Cities 73 @ 7½.—I will purchase a good bill, & on the lowest terms, of which you shall be advised, & the premium & Commission charged in just proportions to yourself & the Bursar of the University as directed.

I have some time since had Mr Rush’s acknowledgement of the rect & acceptance of the bill fordd him last fall by your direction.

In further compliance with your wishes hand herewith statement your current to date, which I believe will be found correct.

With great respect Dr sir Yours very Truely

Bernard Peyton

RC (MHi); addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello near Charlottesville”; stamped; postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 6 May 1821 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

1Preceding seven words interlined.

2Manuscript: “Ecchange.”

3Manuscript: “$7.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); and University of Virginia search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); drafts on search
  • currency; exchange of search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Garrett, Alexander; TJ’s account with search
  • Peyton, Bernard; account with TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and University of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Rush, Richard; and books for TJ search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; accounts of search
  • Williams, Samuel (ca.1759–1841); and remittances to T. Appleton search