Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 11 June 1821

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 11 June 1821

Dear sir,

Your two esteemed favor’s of the 5th: & 8th: Inst: reached me this morning.

I have delivered your letters to Mayo and Glinn, & have paid the drafts contained in each.

Your Tobacco from Lynchburg, say 7 Hhds, reached me some days ago, but such is the pressure of business at the Warehouses here, that it was not until saturday last that it came to my turn (for its like bags in a Mill) to be served, when they were inspected & sold, & sales would now be rendered, but this is a holiday and the Inspectors not at the Ware Houses to make out the notes: by next mail you may expect to receive it.   I regret to say that the order, culling, & management generally, of the Tobacco was most infamous, entirely too high, insomuch, that every Hhd: had already acquired a bad funcky smell:—4 of the Hhds: were refused, and 2 passed—the highest price $7.30, for two Hhds; which, with care & good management would have been $10 Tobacco, as would also one other.—the lowest price, for the Lug Hhd: $2.80, which was really scarcely worth having—

I have procured the Books you wrote for & will forward them by the first opportunity. I could not find Ainsworth’s Dictionary in two volumes.   The Herrings you wish forwarded to Lynchburg & Monticello, will purchase (I have sold out) & send by the first Boats; Shad are not to be had in the City.

I have sold all the Nail rods I had, & have looked thro’ Town without finding such as you order, if you wish it, & they will be in time, will order them from the manufactory at Balto: where there are always a plenty on hand:—there is so little demand for them here that they are scarcely worth keeping, but if you are likely to want a constant supply, would order them round regularly for you.

Some days ago recd from Genl H. A. S. Dearborn of Boston a painting of you, which I forwarded immediately by Johnson’s Boat & hope it is safe to hand.

When your drafts from Bedford appear they shall be honor’d.

With great respect sir Your Mo. Obd:

Bernd Peyton

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 14 June 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Peyton, [13] July 1821, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Charlottesville”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 11 June.

lug: a term used to describe either the lower leaves of a tobacco plant or the lowest grade or quality of harvested tobacco (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 ).

Index Entries

  • Ainsworth, Robert; Latin and English Dictionary abridged search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • books; dictionaries search
  • Dearborn, Henry Alexander Scammell; as Boston customs collector search
  • fish; herring search
  • fish; shad search
  • food; herring search
  • food; shad search
  • herring; sent to TJ search
  • Johnson, Mr. (boatman); transports goods search
  • Latin and English Dictionary abridged (R. Ainsworth) search
  • Latin language; dictionaries search
  • Mayo, Frederick August; TJ pays search
  • naileries; nail-rod and iron stock search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and books for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and nail-rod for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); fish for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • Robert R. Glinn & Company (Richmond firm); TJ pays search
  • shad; mentioned search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; poor quality of TJ’s search
  • tobacco; price of search