Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Barret, 5 September 1822

To William Barret

Monticello Sep. 5. 22.

Dear Sir

I failed wholly in the payment to mr Miller which I should have made in March last, from circumstances it was not in my power to controul. that due this day shall be made within a very few days, by an order for 750.D. on Colo Bernard Peyton. I have no reason to doubt that I shall be able to make good the succeeding payments as stipulated; except that the next, due in March next, cannot be made to the day. my reliance for it is on my Bedford tobo, which never gets to market till May. the omission of the last instalment may oblige me to ask a delay of the ultimate extinguishment perhaps a half year beyond that before proposed: but it is equally possible that I may be able in the present or ensuing year to discharge the whole at a single payment. I can assure you that I have not another more anxious wish than the final discharge of this debt, and that my mind will remain justly impressed by the kindness of your indulgence, and more strongly urged by a just sensibility of it to hasten the moment by every means in my power. Accept [the assura]nc[e o]f my [g]reat esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferso[n]

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of John Barnes to TJ, 2 Apr. 1821; closing and signature faint; at foot of text: “Mr William Barrett”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ’s financial records indicate that Bernard Peyton paid “750.D. to Barrett for B. Miller” on 6 Nov. 1822, not within a very few days (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 , 2:1391).

Index Entries

  • A. Robertson & Company (firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • Barret, William; and TJ’s debt to A. Robertson & Company search
  • Barret, William; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to A. Robertson & Company search
  • Miller, Boyd; and TJ’s debt to A. Robertson & Company search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search