To John Wayles Eppes
Washington Nov. 22. 1802.
The family arrived here yesterday morning, without accident. mr Lilly’s order for £40. his wages & £20. for Austin is good. I have lately remitted to John Perry the whole balance due him to the completion of the South East offices; and our bargain is, whenever a compleat job is done & settled it is to be paid for. he says the shop is done, and that it will amount to £60 although he always overcharges & is to be docked down to our agreement. yet I presume I may assume the paiment of his order for £60. and the more readily as you say it will suit you to recieve the whole £120. in March. for in truth I have for four months to come such heavy paiments to make for corn, negro hire, land &c with heavy current expences during a session of Congress, that I shall weather the winter with difficulty with respect to the land including the spring at Pantops. when I come home in March I will lay it off and make a deed adding it to Pantops without any retribution. Accept my affectionate and constant attachment
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “J. W. Eppes.”
lately remitted: for these transactions totaling £120, or $400, see TJ’s financial memoranda recorded at 22 Nov. At 9 Nov., TJ noted that a payment of $108.87 to Gabriel Lilly was for John Perry (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1085, 1086). A letter from Perry to TJ of 17 Nov., recorded in SJL as received from Shadwell on 21 Nov., has not been found.