Thomas Jefferson

A chronically indebted Jefferson forwards drafts to merchant Patrick Gibson

Autograph Letter Signed, "Th:Jefferson," 1 page, 7.25" x 9.75", Poplar Forest [near Lynchburg, Virginia], July 1, 1817 to Patrick Gibson concerning finances. Moderate creasing, minor loss not affecting text in-filled at lower left margin, imperceptible expert restoration enhancing some lighter areas, else very good. 

Jefferson writes, in full: "This moment arrived here I find your favor of June26 and lest the notes should be wanting, I sign them without loss of time and inclose [sic] them [not present] with assurances of my great esteem & respect[.]" 

Patrick Gibson (c. 1775-1827) was an emigrant from Great Britain who joined the mercantile firm owned by Jefferson's brother George (1748-1812) in 1800 to form Gibson & Jefferson. After George Jefferson was named consul at Lisbon in 1811, Gibson carried on the business. Jefferson and Gibson did a good deal of business together into the early 1820s. 

In 1773 Thomas Jefferson inherited Poplar Forest, a 4,800 acre planation in Bedford County, Virginia, from his wife Martha's father. For twenty five years, he managed the plantation mostly from afar, staying at the property on occasion, including a two month stay in 1781 when he fled Monticello to elude capture by the British. (It was during that visit, that Jefferson composed much of his Notes on the State of Virginia). In 1806, toward the close of his presidency, Jefferson decided to construct a retreat and laid the foundation for an octagonal home, based on Palladian design principles, that he completed in 1809. Jefferson visited his retreat three to four times a year, staying weeks up to two months at a time. In 1823, in failing health, he made his final journey to Poplar Forest in order to settle his grandson, Francis Eppes into the home. Two years after Jefferson's death Eppes sold the house and moved to Florida.


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