Monticello June 10. 22.
I have been so late in getting my tobo to market that I have not been able sooner to remit you the 1st year’s interest. so dilatory are the means of the farmer & planter. Francis wrote me that you were willing I should import for him (with some books I am importing for myself from London) Thomas’s Coke Littleton & Bacon’s abridgment. these are dear books and with the loss by exchange, duties, freight & other charges will cost as follows.
|Bacon’s abridgment 7. vols bound||7–7|
|Thomas’s Coke Lit. 3 vols unbound £4–4, binding 15/||4–19||D|
|Exchange is I believe @ about 12½ p.c.||6.||83|
|duties & custom house charges about 18. p.c.||9.||84|
|freight, port duties Etc about 10. p.c.||5.||46|
|order inclosed on B Peyton||163.||20|
according to this the Bac’s abridgment costs 45.89 D it’s American price is 50.D.
the Coke Lit. costs 30.91 it cannot be bought in this country. according to the above statement I inclose you an order for 163.20 D on Colo Peyton which with the 76.80 cost of the books makes a year’s interest. I hope the return of genial weather will reestablish your health present me respectfully to mrs Eppes and accept for yourself assurances of my affectionate friendship & respect.