To David Higginbotham
Monti[cell]o Mar. 16. 17
I recieved duly your favor of Feb. 22. on the subject of paints. I shall certainly want a very great quantity in the course of the present year, as I have to renew the whole outer painting of this house and the terrasses, and to paint that in Bedford which has never been done. but I did not make more of any thing scarcely last year than would pay for the corn we did not make. I must therefore delay my demand till towards autumn so as to bring the time of payment within reach of the growing crop. ever and with great friendship Yours
PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Jerman Baker to TJ, 8 Feb. 1817; dateline faint; at foot of text: “Mr Higgenbotham”; endorsed by TJ.