Monticello Aug. 5. 07.
I arrived here yesterday, having been detained at Washington longer than I expected by the extraordinary occurrences in the Chesapeake. a post comes here to me every day to inform me of the daily proceedings of the British, so that I am tied here, as it were, and am altogether uncertain when I can proceed to Poplar forest. I shall want you to do some work here some time next month, and shall be glad you will inform me of the progress & state of your work & the carpenter’s work at the Forest that I may know when it would suit the work there best to call you here. a principal article here is to put in some cast iron semicircular sashes in the windows of the covered ways, which sashes are not yet arrived, but expected daily. I salute you with esteem.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.