From Joseph Mussi
Philada. 28. Novr. 1793
Mr. Crosby having Communicated to me your desire to be accomodated in my house, give me leave to assure you sir that your Coming will afford me great deal of pleasure. My appartements are furnished in the Italian Stile, as you have seen; I have an excellent Cook from Milan, and you Shall have accomodations to your own wishes, both for appartements, and table. I am preparing a good bed for you, and Shall be glad to know when you intend to be here. I remain with sentiments of true esteem Sir your most obedt. Servant
RC (ViW: Tucker-Coleman Collection); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Germantown”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 Nov. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.
Joseph Mussi (d. ca. 1832), probably a native of Milan, was a Philadelphia merchant at 230 High Street in whose HOUSE TJ lodged from 30 Nov. 1793 until he left the city on 5 Jan. 1794. Mussi’s sales to TJ in the 1790s included wine, vinegar, olive oil, Italian marble, and red clover seed (Hardie, Phila. Dir. description begins James Hardie, The Philadelphia Directory and Register …, Philadelphia, 1793 description ends , 104; Mussi’s will, 10 Aug. 1830, admitted to probate 4 Jan. 1832, City Archives of Philadelphia; TJ to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 1 Dec. 1793; MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, forthcoming in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 4 Jan. 1794, 4 Dec. 1796; TJ to Mussi, 17 Sep., 20 Nov. 1794; Mussi to James Hoban, 12 Dec. 1793, DNA: RG 42, PBG).