Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 26 July 1821

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello July 26. 21.

Dear Sir

I have duly recieved your favor of the 17th and the account stating a balance in my favor of 39.67 and am glad to learn the rise in the price of flour. this is the more important as the quantity will be less & the quality worse. there will not be half a crop made in this part of the country. I mentioned to you in a former letter that I had committed all my plantations to the management of my grandson, finding myse[lf] quite unequal to that business. Capt Peyton had always been his correspondent and he finds it more convenient to do all his business thro’ a single hand. I mention this to shew that the change has not proceeded from any change of confidence or of friendship to yourself. these are undiminished: but that I have no longer any business of that kind to do. I write by this mail to mr Andrew Smith for some Roman cement, which will amount to about the balance abovementioned, which I will therefore request you to pay to him, and I have desired him to apply for it.1 I learn with great pleasure that your health is improving. I hope it will continue to do so, and beg you to be assured of my friendly and continued attachment and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Joel Yancey to TJ, 22 May 1821; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ.

my grandson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • building materials; cement, Roman search
  • cement; Roman search
  • flour; price of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; account with TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; health of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; as T. J. Randolph’s agent search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and B. Peyton search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); as manager of Monticello search
  • Smith, Andrew; and cement search