Wilmington October 24th. 1804
I arrived here on the 18th. and had the honor to receive Your letter of the 5th. Octr.—I immediately wrote to the works respecting your Iron, & have received for answer that it would be ready to go to Richmond in one Month. In my letter, I ordered our Roller to go to Jones & Howell, late Howell & Roberts to enquire as to the mode of welding the ends of the sheets together. On this point I have received no answer,—but shall again urge it by todays post.—
The board of directors of the Ches. & Del. Canal Company did not make a quorum & have adjourned to the 20th. Nov. before which time I intend to be in Washington, and am now exerting myself to arrange for this visit.—I am with the sincerest respect & gratitude
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.