From Thomas Nelson, Sr.
York March 6th. 1770.
I was extremely concerned to hear of your Loss the account of which had reached us some time ago. As I have a pretty good collection of Books, it will give me pleasure to have it in my power to furnish you with any you may want. The bearer carries 4 pr. dovetail-hinges for doors, 2 Mortise locks, 20 Pullies, and 20 pr. of Shutter-hinges. I have none of the sort proper for the Leaves, which may be either the common small dovetail or H hinges. I am Sir Yr. most obedt. hble Servt.,
RC (MHi). Addressed: “To Thos. Jefferson Esqr. in Albemarle.” Endorsed: “T. Nelson senr. to T. J.”
Thomas Nelson, Sr., lawyer, burgess for York co., was known as “the Secretary” from his long tenure (1743–1776) as secretary for the Virginia council of state (Tyler, Va. Biog., i, 157–8).