Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 25 June 1821

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 25 June 1821

Dear Sir,

I am without a Blank for the renewal of your note of $2,250, due at the United States Bank tomorrow; & will be compelled to put in my own in its sted, to avoid a protest.

In order to obviate this difficulty in future, would you be willing to trust me with a power of Atty to sign for you in the several Banks here, according to the enclosed form, & which is almost universally practiced by those who live at a distance, & have business of this sort to transact, in order to avoid the inconvenience of an omission, & the risk of transmitting & preserving blanks.   I only mention this for your sake, & hope you will not adopt it if you have the slightest scruples, as at any rate, (either in holding blanks or signing by atty,) the responsibility & risk I am exposed to, is about equal, & one I feel very sensibly. I already have a power of Atty from Jefferson, for the U. States & Farmers Banks, which are duely filed there—

With great respect sir Your Mo: Obd:

Bernard Peyton

P.S. The enclosed powers must be acknowledged before a Magistrate, & two witnesses to your signature beside

N.B. Your Wine from Marblehead is this moment to hand, & shall be forwarded by the first trusty Boat—


RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 2 July 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Beriman B. Breedin, 25 Sept. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Charlottesville”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 25 June. Enclosure not found.

jefferson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; TJ’s loan from search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Richmond); TJ’s loan from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Bank of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s loan from Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and wine for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and TJ’s financial transactions search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • wine; sent to TJ search