Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 13 December 1821

From Bernard Peyton

Rich’d 13 Decr 1821

Dear sir,

I hand herewith Sales your last parcel 60 Blls: Flour at $5¾, which has been the standard for some time, & the article quite languid in every market, here it seems to be gradually sinking—

I recd yours to=day covering notes for the renewal of yours at the several Banks, and will take an early occasion to forward more blanks as you request—

Your dft: favor Wolf & Raphael was presented and paid, for $75, before rect of yours, & I have to apologise for not rendering your ℀ to 31 Octr as you have wished, I have really been so much occupied in court, & with other things recently, that it has not been in my power, these engagements are however now off hand, & you may expect your ℀ to 1 Jany next, & more punctuality hereafter—the balance now against you is $507.   The case of Preston is at length over, & considering all things, we have come off pretty well—we have ample indemnity for the sum found by the Jury (pr the Enquirer of to=day) we hope, & mean to ask the Legislature to allow Jno Preston’s property to be sold on a credit to render it the more certain—

Your assured friend

B. Peyton

P.S. You gave a dft: for $100 to Miss Ellen Randolph last spring, which she then drew only $30 on & the other day ordered the other $70 remitted to Washington to her, which I did


RC (MHi); on a sheet folded to form four pages, with enclosure on p. 2, letter on p. 3, and address on p. 4; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Charlottesville”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 13 Dec.; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Dec. 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

On 11 Dec. 1821 a General Court jury found the sureties of former state treasurer John Preston to be liable for $87,587.38. Preston had already conveyed property with an estimated value of $197,000 to serve as indemnification, which Peyton and the other sureties hoped to sell (Richmond Enquirer, 13 Dec. 1821).

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); andBaker v. Preston search
  • Baker v. Preston search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); TJ gives money to search
  • flour; price of search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; gives money to E. W. R. Coolidge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells flour search
  • Peyton, Bernard; account with TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s bank notes search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s flour search
  • Peyton, Bernard; as surety for J. Preston search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Preston, John (d.1827); andBaker v. Preston search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search
  • Richmond Enquirer (newspaper); prints court rulings search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • Virginia; General Court search
  • Wolfe & Raphael (Charlottesville firm); TJ pays search