New York August. 19. 1825
Honorabl - Sir
Some time ago, Mr Antrim The Plastorer for the University, called on me with Drawings for ornaments to decorate the in side of the Rotondo, and requested that I would state to Mr Brockingbrow the terms on which I would execute them, this I did in as plain a manner as I could, but owing to something I have not receved any reply to those terms so long sent in, or to a letter since sent to Mr Brockingbrow on the same subject, as I have other Business that I must Immediatly attend to or decline according as the decision may be in regard to the ornaments for the University, beg that I may Be permited to ask you sir whether the ornaments will be wanted—and If wanted at wat time.
It is I [. . .] you sir Painfull to know that I am giving you this Trouble, still as I so well know your goodness. I think you will find som excuse for me
W. J. Coffee
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.