Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Pietro Cardelli, 29 July 1819

Poplar Forest near Lynchburg July 29. 19

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 8th found me yesterday only at this place. soon after your departure from Monticello, I deposited your box with mr Wm D. Fitch at Milton and received his promise that it should be forwarded to Capt Bernard Peyton in Richmond, a label being placed on the box addressed to his care for you. The river was then too low for a boat to pass down, and it has never rained since, a general drought now prevailing which threatens an entire failure of bread-corn. on the reciept of your letter yesterday I wrote to mr Fitch pressing his attention to the box, and to my grandson also who lives but a mile from Milton to beg that he would at the first rise of the rivers attend to it’s being sent off, and I am sure you may rely on it’s being done the first rain which falls sufficient to raise the river. as to sending it by the stage, it would be sacrificed; for besides the danger from the jolting of the carriage there is a stage driver on that road who can be trusted with nothing

We have received a supply of 20 of the best workmen of Philadelphia in different lines. good stone cutters come at a dollar and a half a day.

I salute you with great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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