Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Walker, 16 October 1805

Washington Oct. 16. 05.


Your letter of the 10th. did not come to hand till yesterday. had it come by the post of the 10th. & arrived on the 12th. as it ought to have done, I could have complied with the request of the hundred dollars, as on that day I settled & paid the demands of the month which I regularly do the 2d. week of every month, after which it is rarely in my power to answer a demand of any size till the next month. I mention this for your future government. it will not be possible for me now to send you the money till that time in the next month; but on being assured of it then you may perhaps be able to obtain that accomodation. I propose hereafter to remit you 100 Dollars the 2d week of every month: should more be necessary at any time you must give me a month’s notice.

I think with you that it is better people should settle the prices of work before hand, and I generally do it myself, & think it has already been done between you & me. when I saw you at mr Cocke’s Sep. 28. 1802 it was agreed between us that you should undertake my mill & details were settled. it was as we walked about the mill together, where I had not the conveniency to commit our verbal agreement to writing; but on the next day I returned home, & the day following I committed our agreement to writing for remembrance. I kept a press copy of it myself and certainly sent you the original signed by myself. I could be certain on this point were I at Monticello, but the circumstance of my possessing the press copy & not the original is sufficient presumption I sent it to you. I think it probable you will find it among your papers. I now send you a copy, and I dare say it will recall to your memory all the particulars. I do not think it could be put on a fairer footing than this paper puts it: and I trust you will so consider it. have you recieved the bolting cloths & gudgeons. they have been paid for by mr Jefferson 33D. 53C and 37D. Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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