Richmond 26th. June 1806
Some more of your Tobacco having come down a few days since, I informed Mr. Lyle there was a sufficiency to pay him the sum which you directed, and that I would in the course of a few days make sale of it for that purpose; ever since which I have been endeavouring to effect a sale, but as no one seems disposed to give much above the common price without its being opened—purchasers generally making much less difference on account of the repute in which crops are held than formerly.
Mr. Randolph who is now down, was compelled to open his, and has sold it at 38/.—this being several shillings more than yours would command, I have concluded to have yours opened likewise, as I conclude it is as good as his at least. it would have been down before this, but the Inspectors have been much engaged in opening for others, that mode of selling being now much practiced.—I have called on Mr. Duval to see about the books &c, and have engaged Oldham to make boxes in which to pack them.
I regret extremely that I cannot have the pleasure of seeing you this summer at Monticello; I calculated certainly upon spending some little time with you in the course of it, but shall be prevented by the indisposition of Mr. Gibson, who is now in Baltimore—whither he went to put himself under the direction of a physician in whom he has great confidence, but from whose skill he has not yet experienced any benefit. he intends on his return to go to the Springs, where he will continue until the fall—of course I shall be confined to Town during the whole summer.
I am Dear Sir Yr. Mt. humble Servt.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.