Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 23 April 1821

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 23d April 1821

Dear Sir,

I have procured R. & T. Gwathmey’s bill on London for £369.18; (of which the enclosed is a triplicate) & remitted to New York, to be forwarded by different Vessels, letters to Mr Williams1 enclosing the duplicate, & first of these bills, together with your letter to Mr W., there being no vessel to sail from this place either to London or Liverpool: this bill will place in the hands of Mr Williams the nett sum of $1644, to credit of Mr Appleton, & for which I had to pay seven pr Ct premium, which was the lowest I could procure a good & undoubtd bill at:—of course its cost here was $1759.08.—your proportion of which comes to $475.08. & to which is to be added 1 pr Ct Comssn (say $4.75) & makes the whole of your proportion of the bill & charges2 amount to $479.83.—The advance charged to the College, as well as the Comssn,3 over & above the $1200 recd, amounts to $96.84, a statement of which I have this day sent A. Garrett the Bursar, all of which hope will be satisfactory

I recd last evening yours of the 19th Int: enclosing one to Jno Vaughan of Philadelphia.   Since the sales of 21 Blls: your flour rendered some days ago, have recd only 80 Blls: more, which is unsold, but which shall be disposed of as soon as a favorable opportunity offers.

Of the amt of $581.51 remitted by you, $479.83 is laid out in purchase the bill on London as above stated, which leaves $101.68 only, instead of $137.51 as calculated on by you—& from Mr Randolph have not yet recd a remittance.—Whenever I have the amount of $300 in hand of yours, will, as you direct, immediately forward, with your letter to Mr Vaughan, a check for that sum on Philadelphia, & if it is a matter of much consequence to you, would remit the amount4 at once, in advance.

The Nail Rods I have are very superior, & invoiced to me at $7 by the single Bundle of 56 ℔, but by the Ton, I can supply you regularly, & with any quantity at $130, to which will be added all charges from the factory at Balto: & for smaller quantities, other than by the single Bundle, at $3.50 pr Bundle of 56 ℔, with the addition of charges from Balto: these rods are so far superior to the English, that they will not sell in this market at all, & a supply made here could not be calculated on regularly.

With great respect Dr sir

Yours very Truely

Bernard Peyton

Flour $3½ @ 3⅝

I have this day paid, without advice, your draft favor Wolf & Raphael for $51.24


RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 6 May 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Gilbert J. Hunt, 10 June 1821, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Charlottesville”; franked; postmarked (faint) Richmond [2]3 Apr. Enclosure not found.

In his financial records for 20 Apr. 1821, TJ listed giving the Charlottesville firm of Wolfe & Raphael (wolf & raphael) an order on Peyton for $51.24 for “groceries to this date” (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 , 2:1374).

1Manuscript: “Willliams.”

2Preceding two words interlined.

3Manuscript: “Cossn.”

4Manuscript: “amout.”

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; TJ pays search
  • flour; price of search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • groceries; suppliers of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; lines of credit in Europe search
  • naileries; nail-rod and iron stock search
  • Peyton, Bernard; account with TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and nail-rod for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s flour search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and University of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; forwards letters for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and TJ’s financial transactions search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • Robert & Temple Gwathmey (Richmond firm) search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and TJ’s lines of credit in Europe search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; accounts of search
  • Williams, Samuel (ca.1759–1841); and remittances to T. Appleton search
  • Wolfe & Raphael (Charlottesville firm); TJ pays search