Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 15 April 1822

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 15 Apl 1822

Dear sir,

Yours covering the dft: on the Messrs: Leipers of Philada: has been recd, & is sent on to Philada: for payment, this day, should it be met you will only have to pay postage going & advise of payment.—

I sent you this day by Mr Wren’s Boat, to Milton, a package from F. A. Mayo the Book binder here—

I am gratified to be able to inform you of Jefferson’s success with the Literary fund to the amt of $7,500, which I hope will put him at ease in his circumstances.

Very respectfully Dr sir

Yours very Truely

Bernard Peyton

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Apr. 1822 and so recorded in SJL; with additional notations by TJ beneath endorsement: “50 Pots. R.R. [i.e., Richard Randolph] glass Appletn Coffee paint tin Java coffee.” RC (MHi); address cover only; with FC of TJ to James Paxton, 10 Sept. 1824, on verso; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello Charlottesville”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Richmond, 15 Apr.

For TJ’s missing letter to Peyton of 12 Apr. 1822 covering the dft: on the messrs: leipers, see note to TJ’s Order on Peyton for “George G. Leiper,” 11 Apr. 1822.

Thomas Jefferson Randolph’s success with the literary fund came two days earlier when its president and directors agreed to loan him $7,500 for five years at 6 percent interest. Randolph having later delivered “a bond in due form dated the 22d day of the last month, with Thomas Jefferson security thereto, for the sum of Seven thousand five hundred dollars loaned him, and a mortgage on two tracts of land in the County of Albemarle, one known by the name of Shadwell containing by survey 775 acres, the other known by the name of Pant-ops containing 819¼ acres,” the board authorized the issuance of a warrant to him for that amount on 31 May 1822. He had received Shadwell as a gift from TJ and his father, Thomas Mann Randolph, and purchased Pantops from his uncle John Wayles Eppes (Vi: RG 27, Virginia Literary Fund Minute Book; Indenture between Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Jane H. Nicholas Randolph, and the President and Directors of the Literary Fund, 22 Apr. 1822 [MS in ViU: Legal Papers of the Jefferson-Randolph Families; in Thomas Jefferson Randolph’s hand, signed by both Randolphs]).

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and sale of Pantops search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; binding of books search
  • Literary Fund; and loan to T. J. Randolph search
  • Mayo, Frederick August; binds books for TJ search
  • Pantops (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); and T. J. Randolph search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and books for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and draft on Thomas Leiper & Son search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters to accounted for search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (1792–1875) (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and loan from Va. Literary Fund search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (1792–1875) (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and Shadwell estate search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and Shadwell estate search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Shadwell (TJ’s estate); TJ conveys part of to T. J. Randolph search
  • Wren, Mr. (boatman) search