To Caleb Lownes
Monticello Sep. 9. 1795
I am to acknolege the receipt of your favor of Aug. 5. I have not yet heard from Mr. Swan of the arrival of the three ton of rods, but being very nearly out of rods, I have sent off a waggon for a load in confidence of the arrival. As three ton but barely suffice for a quarter, and it is necessary I should have some stock on hand to guard me against accidents of delay, I must pray you to send me another ton immediately. I inclose you an order on Mr. Barnes for 470. Dollars to pay for the three ton before ordered, the ton now desired, and the stove expected. I shall hope to have your opinion on the kitchen stove before you send it. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your friend & servt
RC (NjMoHP: Lloyd W. Smith Collection); at foot of text: “Mr. Caleb Lownes.” Enclosure not found.
Lownes’s letter of Aug. 5., recorded in SJL as received 18 Aug. 1795, has not been found. SJL also records missing letters from Lownes to TJ of 3 Dec. 1794, 23 Feb., 7 May, 6 Nov., 14 Dec. 1795, and 2 Feb. 1796, as well as from TJ to Lownes of 20 Nov., 18 Dec. 1794, 26 Mch., 6 May, 14 June, 20 July, 22 Oct., 25 Nov. 1795, and 17 Jan., 27 Mch. 1796. Letters from TJ to Samuel & John Swann of 4 Sep. 1795, and to John Swann of 24 Sep. 1795, both recorded in SJL, also have not been found.
This day TJ wrote a brief note to John Barnes advising that he was drawing on him in Lownes’s favor for $470 at six days’sight and requesting him to honor the draft (PrC in CSmH; presumably the letter to Barnes recorded in SJL under 10 Sep. 1795).