From Robert Morris
[on or before 29 Jan. 1802]
When I had the honor of seeing you, it escaped my recollection to mention the subject contemplated in the enclosed note; mr Fitzsimons told me the blank therein was occasioned by his having forgot at the time of writing it wether he had ten or twelve chairs. This furniture is elegant and well suited for your appartments, perhaps better than any other in America, and it may be had for less than its real value by an appraismt of any Gentn. you may think proper to name for the purpose, excuse this intrusion on behalf of my friend and accept the assurance of the respectfull attachment of Dr Sir
Your obedt & hble servt
RC (MHi); undated; at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson President”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Jan. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Thomas FitzSimons to Robert Morris, Philadelphia, 18 Jan. 1802, noting that he had an undesignated number of chairs and two sofas, imported from France, which were “better adapted to the Presidents than to a Private House,” and consequently he wished Morris to “endeavor to dispose of them”; the furniture was packed, ready to be sent, and “with respect to price—that may be left intirely to be settled after they arrive” in Washington (RC in MHi; at foot of text: “Mr R Morris”).