From Hugh Chisholm
Charlottesville, Augt 23rd 17.
I have the satisfaction to inform you, that, in spite of the wet weather, we have completed about eighty thousand bricks; which shall be prepared for burning the last of next week.
I must beg you will not engage the workmen for the building ‘till you again hear from me; which shall be before your deporture from Poplor Forest.
The objection which I made, in my letter to you, against the proposition offered by yourself before you left Albemarle, I must yet make, having, as yet, no reason to withdraw it.
RC (MHi); letter and signature in the hand of Valentine W. Southall; endorsed by TJ as received <
28> 29 Aug. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (CSmH: JF); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Matthew Pate, 16 Dec. 1817, on verso; addressed by Southall: “Mr Thomas Jefferson, Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg”; franked; postmarked (faint) Charlottesville, 4 Aug.