Milton October 7th. 1804.
Have bin down to Richmond to se if I could ingage a job of work before I movd my tools, but have bin unsucsesful in the trip; Conl. Harvy did not now of any opening that I would be likey to fall into Business at the present, but thot probebell something might offer in the Spring.
I Should be very glad to work for Conl. Matison for reasons my pay would be sertain and when done Should have a small capital to begin on, and at the same time should attend to any opening that might offer at Richmond.
I moast seriously regret being out of imployment, for it is my wish never to Spend time in indelence whilst am able to earn a shilling in an honest way. whatever is now disadvantageous to my self, I pray to Heaven to bless my enemeys with, and grant to them injoyment of contience.
With respect I have the Honour to be, Sir, Your Obt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.