Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Walker, 17 April 1813

To James Walker

Monticello Apr. 17. 13.


I originally employed you to build my saw mill having confidence in your work & prices. when it was turned over to mr Brown, it was understood between you and myself that he was to be governed by your prices. we are now about coming to a settlement, which renders it necessary for me to ask the favor of your prices. mr Brown handed me a bill of yours, but it related only to gristmills, containing none of the articles of a sawmill. the inclosed bill contains the articles most particularly wanted. I will request the favor of you to note in that your price at the end of every article and to add such others as may be here omitted, which I shall be glad to recieve by the bearer as I expect to settle with mr Brown within two or three days. your favor herein will oblige Sir

Your humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr James Walker”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

Walker’s reply, not found, is recorded in SJL as written and received 18 Apr. 1813 from “Moon’s mill.”

Index Entries

  • Brown, John (millwright); and sawmill construction search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); sawmill at search
  • Walker, James; and mill construction search
  • Walker, James; letters from accounted for search
  • Walker, James; letters to search