To James Walker
Monticello Oct. 1. 1802.
On examining more carefully into the work still to be done in the canal, I find there is no prospect of getting the water to the mill seat before the ensuing summer. consequently there is no occasion to do any thing towards the buildings this winter. in March I shall be here, when I shall be able to form a still better judgment, and will inform you of our progress & expectations. Accept my best wishes.
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Walker”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso as “Walker (Milwright).”
Construction on the CANAL to TJ’s toll mill on the Rivanna River, begun in 1776, and intermittent until 1796, was not completed until 1803 (Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, Princeton, 1953 description ends , 343).