Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert Patterson to Thomas Jefferson, 25 August 1815

From Robert Patterson

Philadelphia Augt 25th 1815.


It requires an apology that I have not before now sent you the Time-Piece, which has been so long in my custody. The commencement of the late war before the Time-Piece was finished, & the consequent depredations of the enemy on our coast, prevented its being sent before the restoration of peace. When this event had taken place, I perceived that some parts of the veneering were scaling off from the case. I sent it to the maker to have it repaired; & owing to his obstinancy or neglect, notwithstanding repeated applications, he kept it several months in hand. It is now, however, completed, & the clock has been going six or eight weeks, & keeps time remarkably well;—not varying a minute in a whole week.

I have therefore, Sir, now to request, that you would please to inform me by what rout or conveyance I am to send it. Your former letter, containing those instructions, was given to Mr Voigt, & is mislaid

I have the honour to be, Sir, with the greatest respect & esteem, your most obedt servt

Rt Patterson

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Oct. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to George W. Campbell, 15 Oct. 1815, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello Va”; franked; postmarked (faint) Philadelphia, 2[5] Aug.

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