Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 5 April 1822

To Bernard Peyton

Monticello Apr. 5. 22.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night yours of Apr. 1. that of Mar. 20. mentioning the refusal of the note of 300.D. had given me great concern, which indeed is not much alleviated by seeing that my deficiency is still of 767.75 which would have been prevented1 nearly2 had my mill-tenants paid me their arrearages of 600.D. this I am pressing for, as my only resource to relieve you until my tobo gets down in May. I am the more uneasy because there are constantly arising3 little current demands which at this time amount to near 100.D. for which I shall be obliged in a few days to draw on you; and towards the latter end of the month the 80.D. will become due for which a part of the note of 300. was destined and at the same time my expences to Bedford will require 50.D. I hope messrs Rand. & Col. will cover you from a part of this. they assure me they have the money in the hands of the sheriff against whom they are taking strong measures

I inclose you a reciept of Capt Burke of the Schooner John for 2 boxes to be delivered you. they contain busts of plaister and must come by water, as they would be broke to atoms in a waggon. ever and affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Gerard E. Stack to TJ; mutilated at seal, with missing text rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Peyton Bernard.” Enclosure: enclosure to John Barnes to TJ, 26 Mar. 1822.

Peyton’s letter to TJ of apr. 1, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 4 Apr. 1822 from Richmond. His letter of mar. 20 was actually dated 25 Mar. 1822. messrs rand. & col.: the Shadwell mills firm of Randolph & Colclaser.

A missing letter of 4 Apr. 1822 from Peyton to TJ is recorded in SJL as received 4 May 1822 from Richmond.

1Reworked from “presented.”

2Word interlined.

3Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Burk (Burke), Capt. search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); bust of J. Madison search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); bust of J. Monroe search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; rent due TJ search
  • John (schooner) search
  • Peyton, Bernard; account with TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s bank notes search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s tobacco search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from accounted for search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to search
  • Randolph & Colclaser (Albemarle Co. firm); TJ’s account with search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • sculpture; P. Cardelli’s busts search
  • tobacco; and TJ’s debts search