From James Walker
23d apl 1812.
The last time that you and myself had any conversatio[n] together with regard to the erection of your saw mill your wish then was that I should commence on the first of april this present month. I have 12 months ago undertaken a large mill to build for Wm Moon &. calculated on carrying on yours &. Mr. Moons work this summer at the same time. I have1 engaged a young Man who served an apprenticeship to me for the present year who is a good workman but whose2 health is such that I fear he will [be]3 of no service to me. I will be with you in a few days &. will either do your work or have it well done by another workman whom I now have in view but have not fully determined with him.—
RC (DLC); edge trimmed; dateline adjacent to signature; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr albemarle”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Apr. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Reworked from “had.”
2. Manuscript: “wose.”
3. Omitted word editorially supplied.