From Gibson & Jefferson
Richmond 21st. October 1803—
We have your favor of the 15th. advising a draft for $500 in favor of Mr James Lyle, which is paid—We yesterday sent the Iron, screws &c by Mr. Craven Peyton’s waggon—
We find upon enquiry that Mr. Richards schooner the Sally has been performing quarentine upwards of a fortnight—but we are in hopes that a continuance of the present cool weather, will hereafter render it unnecessary—We shall engage Coll. Macon’s hams as you direct—With respect we are
Your obt Servts.
Gibson & Jefferson
RC (MHi); in a clerk’s hand; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.
Since August, ports of entry in Virginia had been subject to a quarantine of any vessels arriving from areas suffering from “an infectious and malignant disease” (Richmond Virginia Argus, 15 Oct. 1803).