From James Walker
Hardware 18th Octr 1811.
I suppose you are getting impatient for me to come on to commence your S. Mill. as the time appointed for me to come is elapsed, some parts of mr. Cockes mill has given out. so that he cant go on to manufactor to advantage. he is pressing me to fix him before I remove down to work for you. we have a large cogwheel to make1 and some other small jobs to do before I can come which will take 2 or 3 weeks longer—after which shall come on with double the nomber of hands that I now have the command of, as a job of work in nelson county will be finished where some of my best workmen are—it has not been convenient to me to come as I promised when I last wrote you. & am in hopes it will make no material difference— I am your obt. servt
RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Oct. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Preceding two words added in margin.