To Robert Rives
Monticello July 20. 11.
The failure of the postmaster of Charlottesville to forward your favor of the 3d to Milton, to which place I send every post day for my letters, has delayed my reciept of it till this moment. I hasten therefore to inclose you by tomorrow’s post an order on Gibson & Jefferson for the amount of the disbursements1 which I make 91. D 34 c; altho’ it is probable that my ignorance may have omitted articles of charge, which, not being stated in the papers, are unknown to me. I shall cheerfully supply any deficiency on it’s being intimated to me. I return you many thanks for the trouble this commission has given you. I had asked it of your son only in the event of your writing for books for him, in which case, making a part of the order for him, it would have scarcely increased the trouble.
As a separate business it has enlarged my trespass on your convenience as well as my obligations for your kindness I pray you, with the assurances of my thankfulness, to accept those of my perfect esteem & respect
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Rives”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.
The postmaster of charlottesville was John Winn.
1. Preceding three words interlined.