Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 6 July 1821

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello July 6. 21.

Dear Sir

I cannot account for my inattention to furni[sh you] my notes for renewal in the banks. I now send a compleat set of the 5. notes, and will make it a point hereafter to send renewals on the 1st day of every other month. by adopting a fixed day, I shall not forget. but in case it should escape me, I send you the powers of Attorney to supply it. I hope to recieve immediately my quarterly account from you, to June 30. that I may know where I stand. my mill-tenants lead me into false expectations about sending down my flour, by promising for certain days which they do not observe. hence I give you false expectations as to the time when you will recieve it. I have now between 50 & 100 Bar. in the mill, and which cannot go off until the harvest is over because the boatmen are all en[g]aged in that. this is the 7th day of our harvest, and 5. of them have been of constant rain, of which 5. inches have fallen, which is producing a great flood in our river, and keeps me from getting to my mill to try to get off my flour. eve[r &] affectionately yours

Th: Jeffers[on]

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Appleton to TJ, 2 Nov. 1820; mutilated at seal, with missing text rewritten by TJ; five words and signature faint; at foot of text (faint): “Colo Pey[ton]”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found.

In his financial records for this date TJ recorded that he had “Inclosed to B. Peyton for renewal in banks my notes to

US. bank  3000.  and 2250 } indorsed by Th:J.R.
Farmer’s 4000 and 2500
Virginia to be endorsed by B. Peyton”
(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 , 2:1377).

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
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); flour from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; account with TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s flour 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; letters to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); and Shadwell mills search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • Shadwell mills; flour mill at search
  • Shadwell mills; mismanagement at search
  • weather; effect on shipping search
  • weather; rain search