Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Walker, 16 January 1807

Shadwell Jany 16th. 1807


I am sorry to inform you that the walls of the new addition to the toal mill has fallen down having been underminded by the water passing through the bank of the canal at the lower side of the long addition the leak was occasioned by the frost & the bank not being high enough together, Mr. Bacon is now diging out the foundation deeper it appears that it will have to be dug as low as that of the old part to get a foundation, as far as it is dug it appears to be quite miery. Mr. Maddox says he will put up the wall again as soon as they are ready for him. The part of the house passing over the canal is so low that there is not sufficient room under it to make the canal bank high enough to hold the water with safety besides the sills & joints will soon rot as it will have to be dirted up to the top of them. and as a part is to be pulled down I would have both new & old raised higher which may be easily done & I think it will be better in every respect should you incline to do this you will please to let me know shortly—The waist will be done in a few days except bad weather. we have done but little work for a few weeks past towards the Mills having been disappointed by persons who ware at work with me before christmas & promised to return in a few days after but have not as yet—I shall get the second pare of stones to work as soon as possible=the large Mill has not as yet began to grind for want of a Miller but was in readiness the eighth inst. perhaps their may be some little alterations to make after it starts as is generally the case—which will take up some time—Mr. Shoemaker has concluded to board himself after agreeing to board with me whilst I was at work here or if he did not bord with me then I should have a part of the house untill the work was done. he has since got a Miller who has a family & is I believe anxious to have full possession which he shall have as soon as the situation of my wife will admit of moving— in order to get over what he has once agreed to, has as I am informd and have reason to believe taken a method to get us out of the house and mill that I did not suppose any Gentleman would have pursued which is to place us in as uncumfortable a situation as possible these steps he kneed not have taken as I told him previously that as soon as my situation would admit I should get out of his way. this with the unusul attention paid to him since he has been here having no one to do for him, ought to be sufficient satisfaction to any reasonable person—I must make the best arrangements I can for boarding after my family moves. the time will not be long that I shall labour under this disagreeable situation. therefore I shall content my self as will as I can—

I am with respect your Obt H. Servt. &c.

James Walker

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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