Thomas Jefferson Papers

Bernard Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 17 June 1822

From Bernard Peyton

Richd 17 June 1822

Dear Sir,

I am favor’d with yours of the 11th: & 14 Inst:, & note contents—   Your blank notes are in time for the next renewals of your notes, & it will be well to send blanks the 1st: of every other month—

I have purchased, agreeable to your directions, a bill of exchange on London for £293.12.6, which at par there, is $1305, for which I paid 9 pr Ct premium, making $1,422.45 paid for the bill, & my Comssn for effecting negotiation & remitting, 1 pr ct, making the total cost of the bill $1,436:67—of which $488.80 is your part, & at your debit, agreeable to your memorandum, & $947:87, to the debit of the University, which leaves the University fund, placed in my hands by Alexdr Garrett for this purpose, deficient $86.87, of which you can advise him, if you please—The first & second of these bills, together with your letter, all addressed to Saml Williams London, are this day Mailed for New York, to go by the first Vessel for London or Liverpool, this is to say, your letter, and one of mine, by the first Vessel, & my second, with a duplicate of the bill, by the next succeeding Vessel, the 3d bill is retained in my possession—on this transmission, have charged 75¢ of the postage to the University, which is to be added to the above sum of $86.87—

Agreeable to your further directions, have purchased a bill on N. York for $125, at an advance of 1½ pr Ct—say at your debit $126.88, which I have remitted to Messrs: Leroy Bayard & Co of New York on your ℀—   Also a bill on Philadelphia for $196.20,—which will allow to Jno Vaughan, to whom it is remitted, the $180, you wished remitted, & 9 pr Ct (the exchange on England) premm, to place it in Marseilles,1 which may be too great, or too small an allowance, for all I know, as I do not know the rate of exchange with that place, I have mentioned your wishes however to Mr Vaughan, & he will no doubt do what is proper2 in the matter, add to this bill the premm on Philada of3 1½ pr ct, & the whole cost of it is $199:16—of which, agreeable to your memorandum, your proportion is $152.07, which is at your debit, and $47.09 at the debit of Th: J. Randolph—all which hope will be agreeable to you—

Your several dfts:, of which I am advised, have nearly all arrived, including one of $400, to Wolfe & Raphael, not advised of, which are paid—

I will attend to the package you expect from Petersburg & from Mayo, & will forward them, together with the Tin, to Wolfe & Raphael of Charlottsville as directed

I write in haste—

Yours with great sincerity

B. Peyton

RC (MHi); on a sheet folded to form four pages, with letter on pp. 1–2, enclosure on p. 3, and address on p. 4; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticello—Charlottesville”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Richmond, 17 June; endorsed by TJ as received 22 June 1822 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “Merselles.”

2Manuscript: “propeper.”

3Preceding five words interlined in place of “my Comssn of.”

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; TJ pays search
  • building materials; tin search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • LeRoy, Bayard & Company (New York firm); and TJ’s debt to N. & J. & R. van Staphorst search
  • Mayo, Frederick August; and transmission of packages to and from TJ search
  • N. & J. & R. van Staphorst (Amsterdam firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and TJ’s bank notes search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and University of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; letters from search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (1792–1875) (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); orders food and wine from Europe search
  • tin; TJ buys search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and payments made for TJ search
  • Williams, Samuel (ca.1759–1841); and remittances to T. Appleton search
  • wine; for T. J. Randolph search
  • Wolfe & Raphael (Charlottesville firm); and packages for TJ search
  • Wolfe & Raphael (Charlottesville firm); TJ pays search