Monticello Mar. 15. 20.
The abject depression of the price of farming produce, owing more I believe to the failures of a part of our merchants and state, either crippled or cautious, of those remaining, is and has been such that in the last and present year our flour has netted us but from 3.25D to 3.50D per barrel, which is not more than the half of a fair cash-market price, nor than the third of the price of two years ago. this obliged me the last year to ask the postponement of my last instalment then payable, on paying the interest; and the same circumstance obliges me to renew the request on the same condition. on obtaining your permission therefore I will remit the year’s interest by the day it becomes due, and hope that a return of things to whatever fixt course they are to settle at, will relieve me from the continuance of this favor. I salute you with great esteem & respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.