From J. P. P. Derieux
Charlottesville, 26 Feb. 1790. Encloses letter to his aunt, hopes TJ will write her as she would be distressed to receive his alone, and cannot call in person because he is “indisposé de ma Jambe.” [In postscript:] After what TJ had replied concerning his desire to buy Colle if the price did not exceed its value, he had hoped to confer at length with TJ, but his affairs and precipitous departure did not permit. It would be useless for him to make any firm offer at present, since TJ had decided to sell only after receiving news from Mr. Mazzei. “Si pour lors il Consent d’accepter la meilleure offre, je vous prirai de m’informer de La derniere qui vous aura eté faitte, et j’en serai moimeme L’acquereur, si d’apres les reflexions que j’ai encore le tems de faire, je puis trouver dans cette acquisition, un but avantageux pour moi ou mes enfants.”
RC (MHi); endorsed as received 28 Feb. 1790 and so recorded in SJL. See TJ to Madame Bellanger, 4 Apr. 1790. On 24 Dec. 1789 Derieux wrote TJ a letter of welcome chiefly important as showing that the master of Monticello arrived home in bad weather: Derieux had been confined to his house by “doulleurs de rhumatisme” for almost three months and could not call at once, as he and Mde. Derieux wished, in order to welcome TJ and his daughters, but hoped to do so the next day if the bad weather improved (RC in MHi; endorsed and recorded in SJL as received same day).