Monticello Aug. 23. 05
Messrs. Jones & Howell
Be pleased to send two tons of nailrod, assorted as I have usually required, by the first vessel to Richmond, to the care of Gibson & Jefferson to be forwarded to this place.
I am sorry to be obliged to make complaint to you. my manager desired me to do last spring or fall, but I let it go by in hopes the ground of his complaint was temporary. he sais that for a twelvemonth past there has been an extraordinary proportion of the short & flawy pieces of rod, which cannot be used at all: that there are bundles of half hundreds, in which there will be from 12. to 15. 1b of this kind of rod, & in none less than 5. or 6. 1b. which he observes to be much beyond the proportion formerly put into each bundle. of this matter I know nothing: but he is disinterested & a man of truth & discretion, & therefore to be credited. I have thought it due to you as well as myself to hand this complaint on to you, as your people might carry on this abuse to your prejudice & without your knolege.
Mr. Barnes will remit you, early next month, 253.33 D for the rod shipped the last of May.
the underwritten list of bar iron of the toughest quality is also desired to be sent with the rod.
Accept my salutations.
|4.||Cwt of ¾ I. bars.|
|2.||Cwt of the large slit bars|
|2.||Cwt of the middle size|
|1.||Cwt of Deck-rod|
|3.||Cwt of common flat bars of the lightest size|
one mill spindle of 1¾ I. on the edge.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.