Charlottesville 17th October 1819
Herewith you will receive a specimen of Kenawha salt, received by me from Judge Summers with a request that I would present it to you. No uncommon pains were used either in its selection or in the process of making it, inasmuch as I saw it taken from one of many kettles boiling in the same furnace, all of which were of similar quality.—I also send you a specimen of the coal of Western Virginia, with a label explanatory of its real or imaginary peculiarities. Your absence at the time of my return from Kentucky, in July, and my frequent absence from this neighbourhood since your return, constitute my apology for having so long delayed the deliver of these articles. It would afford me much pleasure to deliver them this day in person, but I am compelled to go on my way to Louisa Superior Court, which will take place tomorrow.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.