Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Bowling, 16 November 1821

To James Bowling

Poplar Forest Nov. 16. 21.


Accdg to promise I now inclose you an order for 326.25 on Colo B. Peyton of Richmd to wit 300.D. principal & 26.25 int. from June 1. 20. to this day. still you will oblige me by not letting this order go out of your hands until the moment you want the money, when mr Robertson will give you the cash for it, and so would the Farm’s bk at Lynchbg, it being on Colo Peyton who is a director of the F’s bk at Richmd. I make this request because it will give me more time to get flour down to the hands of Colo Peyton who will certainly pay it at sight, but I had rather he should not be called on until the state of our river will permit the boats to pass1 with produce so as to place more funds in his hands. it is always very low at this season. I have therefore thrown both principal & int. into one sum, & made them bear interest until you call for the money that you may recieve compensation for as long as you hold it up.

Accept my best wishes & respects.


Dft (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover; at head of text: “Mr James Boling. Amherst”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL with TJ’s additional bracketed notation: “ord. on do [i.e., Bernard Peyton] for 326.25.” Enclosed in TJ to Archibald Robertson, 16 Nov. 1821.

The enclosed order for $326.25, not found, discharged TJ’s debt to Bowling’s son Lewis Bowling for the latter’s work as overseer at Poplar Forest’s Tomahawk farm in 1819 (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 , 2:1378, 1381).

1Remainder of sentence interlined.

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Bowling, James; and TJ’s debt to L. Bowling search
  • Bowling, James; letters to search
  • Bowling, Lewis; TJ’s debt to search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Lynchburg); transactions at search
  • Farmers’ Bank of Virginia (Richmond); orders on search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to L. Bowling search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s flour search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • Robertson, Archibald; as merchant search
  • Tomahawk plantation (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); overseer at search