To Alexander Donald
Philadelphia Oct. 11. 1792.
Having determined to try my Bedford tobacco this year at the London market, I could have no hesitation to whom to consign it. I have therefore ordered it to be very carefully handled, and in some degree sorted, to be got down to Richmond as early as possible and there delivered to Mr. Brown to be shipped to you on my account. According to arrangements taken with Mr. Brown as to the sum I might draw on either Richmond or London, I make the following calls on you in London. viz.
My orders beforementioned in favor of M. la Motte, Fenwick and Bulkeleys, I pray you to honor. No letter of advice accompanied them. They will be presented probably soon after your receipt of this. With respect to the books, I wish them not to be shipped till the spring, on account of the danger of injury during a winter passage. They are to be shipped to Richmond.
I am just returned from a visit of two months to Monticello. I recollect nothing new among your friends in that country but the death of Jerman Baker and George Webb.1 I am with great and sincere esteem Dear Sir your affectionate friend & servt
PrC (MHi); at foot of first page: “A. Donald esq.”
Of TJ’s orders, only his draft on Donald & Burton, 11 Oct. 1792, for $225 payable at thirty days’ sight to John Bulkeley & Son (PrC in MHi), has been found.
1. Preceding three words interlined.