To Charles Willson Peale
Monticello Aug. 17. 16.
In your’s of July 7. you informed me you had found a young watchmaker of good character disposed to come here, who had taken time to consider of it. hearing nothing further of him, & being now within a fortnight of departure to Bedford where I shall be 6. weeks I am anxious to know of a certainty; because were he to come during my absence he might not1 find the same facilities for first establishment as were I here. I have a good deal also which might employ his first days until work should come in. I am sorry to be troublesome to you, but rely on your often experienced goodness for apology. ever & affectionately Yours
RC (TxU: Thomas Jefferson Collection); at foot of text: “Mr Peale.” PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of John P. Boyd to TJ, 7 May 1816; top half of text faint; endorsed by TJ.
1. Word interlined.