From John Le Tellier
Richmond August 11. 1817
It is a Greate Gratification to me to find that I am held in such high esteem by Mr Jefferson as for him to take so lively an interest in my welfare as to recommend me in prefereance to all others to the Inhabitants of Charlottesville likewise with gratitude bearing in memory former favours, the description1 which you give of the County of albemarle Charlottesville2 & the Inhabitants are very enticing but my situation at present prevents my taking up with your kind interposition in my behalf, as I hold the place of keeper of the Poorhouse in this place and have held it for these four years last past also Keeper of the City Magazine for storage of Gun Powder, I believe there is not one silver smith in this City that I could recommend as a good workman & of Character that would be willing to3 undertake it. the delay your kind letter met with is the accasion of my not answering it before I this day was put in possession of it
John Le Tellier.
RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); adjacent to closing: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received <
28> 29 Aug. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Manuscript: “decription.”
2. Manuscript: “Charlettesille.”
3. Manuscript: “to to.”