To Joseph Mussi
Monticello Sep. 17. 1794.
I have duly received your favors of Aug. 16. and 27. and will pray you to hold in your hands the balance of £7–9–3 as it will not be long before I may trouble you with a request of a supply of groceries similar to the last. I am glad you did not invest it, and particularly in oil at the price you mention. I had rather wait for yours, because I know it will be good and cheap. When it comes, I will take 10. gallons of it, as I would as lieve be out of bread as oil. Your repeated offers of your kind services, I receive with many thanks, and with the continuance of your permission I will avail myself of them from time to time.
Mr. Fleming, the merchant of my neighborhood who went to Philadelphia, has brought from thence a large supply of cotton, oznabrigs &c. which he offers me so reasonably that I conclude to take my wants from him, and not to trouble you for those articles.
I write the present under the pain of a severe attack of the rheumatism, under which I have now been for three weeks. This must apologize for my brevity, as it obliges me to conclude here with assurances of the sincere esteem of Dear Sir Your friend & servt
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Joseph Mussi.”
Mussi’s favors of Aug. 16. and 27., recorded in SJL as received from Philadelphia on 10 and 17 Sep. 1794 respectively, have not been found. SJL also records an additional eight letters exchanged by TJ and Mussi between 9 Jan. and 31 July 1794 that have not been found.