From David Higginbotham
Richmond 20th May 1817.
If you have not yet sold your westham lots and are still disposed to sell them, be pleased to say the number you have and the size and the price you ask for them, I will perhaps purchase them if the price is not two high, I may perhaps be able to turn them into Cash in some way or other to suit us both, be pleased to say what is the loss we shall all sustain this year by the Hessian fly, shall we make half crops or not, I have so many different reports that it is hard to get a correct opinion
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 22 May 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Albert Gallatin, 23 June 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Monticello”; stamped; postmarked.