Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William John Coffee, 30 April 1823

Monticello Apr. 30. 23.

Dear Sir

Notwithstanding your particular request to Colo Peyton to send my boxes of ornaments to Bedford, he persuaded himself it was a mistake, and sent them here. as soon as it was observed at the University that some of theirs were missing we suspected they might be in my boxes. I opened one, found at once that it contained ox-sculls Etc for Bedford, and so well packed that I could not resolve to open any more, as Colo Peyton’s mistake had made it necessary for me to send them in a waggon, by land, 90. miles. but on the reciept of your favor of the 20th ascertaining that a box too many had been marked for me, and a box too few for the University, and specifying the contents of each, and particularly that my No 5. contained the missing metops of Pavilions 2. & 5. I opened it and found it to contain what your letter allotted to No 4. of Bedford ornaments. I then opened No 4. and found in it the Bedford articles allotted in your letter to No 1. then I opened No 1. and found in it the articles you supposed to be in No 5. that is to say the missing articles of Pavilions 2. and 5. I therefore sent the box No 1. yesterday to mr Brockenbrough, with a request to remit you without delay to N. York the 41.86 D cost of the articles now found, and the 24.51 short remitted before, making 66.37 D as stated in your letter. thus all I hope is finally brought to rights, except the delay which errors have produced. the inconvenience which falls to my lot, by that of Colo Peyton, I hope I may remedy by bedding my boxes in a good quantity of straw in the waggon. hoping you will recieve mr Br’s remittance nearly as soon as this letter I salute you with friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson


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