Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 5 July 1821

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 5 July 1821

Dear sir

I am still without any blanks from you, or notes, to renew yours at the different Banks in this City, I to day was put to my trumps completely as to the $4,000 at the Farmers Bank, the directors not being willing to take any other note but yours for its renewal, as it would relieve the security you have given me as an endorser on it; I was therefore obliged to give bond to the Bank as indemnity for my name, if a protest should be suspended, & the note suffered to lie over, which is done, until I can hear from you, which I trust will be by tomorrow’s mail.   The Directors have also directed, (since the recent decision in the Court of appeals) that the deed for my benefit1 should be admitted to record immediately, with the addition you will find in the deed on a slip of paper, all of which are enclosed herewith, to request that you will make the addition, & take the trouble to reacknowledge the same, & deposit it for record in your court, with directions to the clerk, as soon as it is recorded, to send the original to me, to be filed in the Bank, which they also require—

I regret this circumstance very much, as it may not be agreeable to you, but under existing circumstances it cannot be avoided, & I hope it will not be a matter of much moment or feeling with you: for myself, should not have deemed it at all necessary, but Banks must be humor’d in all their whims.

Since my last, have paid a dft: of yours, favor Johnathan Bishop for $136.48 without advise, & hope it is correct.

With great respect sir Your Mo: Obd:

B. Peyton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 10 July 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John H. Peyton, 14 Sept. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Charlottesville”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 5 July. Enclosure: TJ’s Deed of Trust of Milton Lands to Philip N. Nicholas and William Nekervis, 11 July 1821. Other enclosure not found.

For the recent decision in the court of appeals, see Peyton to TJ, 2 July 1821, and note. On 8 June 1821 TJ recorded that he had enclosed to Joel Yancey “an order on B. Peyton for 136.48 D. in favor of” jonathan bishop for wages he was due (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 , 2:1375).

1Preceding three words interlined.

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