Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 20 April 1821

Monticello Apr. 20. 21.

Dear Sir

It is near 2. months since I made a remittance for some Roman cement to mr Coffee, supposing him to be in N.Y. but recieving no answer I presume he has left it on a very long journey he intended to take . we cannot therefore look to that place. I recieved last night the inclosed letter from mr Andrew Smith on the subject of this cement. as his is imported from England, we have as good a chance of getting it genuine from him as from any one. I would therefore recommend you application to him.

I think too it is not right for us to use English window glass when as good, if not better is made in our own country; and I question whether your glazier does not take such a profit on the English glass he uses as to make it as clear as that of Boston. as it is frequent for the employer to find the glass, I leave to yourself, either to go on as we have done, or to procure glass of our own manufactory from mr Smith. I set out for Bedford tomorrow or next day and salute you with friendly respect.

Th: Jefferson


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