From Daniel Trump
Philadelphia August 4th 1800
I have now the Satisfaction to Inform you that I have at Last Succeeded in Engaging of a young man for you of the Name of John Holms a Native of the City of Philadelpia of a Good Carrecter a Sober Genteel young man a Good workman and understands Drawing he Studied under me three months and I found him Very active and Ready to take any Design that was Given to him, his master was an Excellent workman and an Intimate acquaintance of mine he will Come on to Richmond by the first Vessel that Sails for that Place I had a good Deal of Difficulty to Get a Person that I Could Recommend I met with him on Saturday and Recd a final from this morning, but too Late for this Days mail. I was Very much Displeased with Forsyth for Disappointing us after Promising Mr Barns and me that he would go, I Shall forward your Sashes as Soon as Possibly I Can I have not been able to Get Mahogany Suitable for them as there was none of the Same kind of wood to be had at almost any Price but there is a quantity come in and I have Engag’d Some which I Expect to Get in the Course of a week. I Shall have to Give it a Little time to Dry as it is not Perfectly Season’d. I Shall a Letter as Soon as the young man Gets a Pasage and know the Day of Sailing I Remain Sir
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RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Aug. and so recorded in SJL.
Daniel Trump was a Philadelphia house carpenter located on Fayette Street with several others in the trade in 1801. For his previous effort to supply TJ with a qualified carpenter at Monticello, see TJ to John Barnes, 24 June and 19 July 1800 (Cornelius William Stafford, The Philadelphia Directory, for 1801 [Philadelphia, 1801], 135).