Washington Dec. 8. 07.
I recieved last night your letter of the 4th. and a new arrangement of the post which begins this day will enable me hereafter to answer letters the day after they are recieved, so that to a letter written Saturday morning the answer will be recieved the Thursday following, which will be a week sooner than heretofore. I inclose you 120. Dollars, of which 20. Dollars are to be paid to Hugh Chisolm, and 100. D. to John Perry in discharge of mr Walker’s order on me in his favor for that sum. I think I informed you in my last letter that I had engaged mrs Dangerfield’s negroes for another year. she lives at a place called Coventry near Fredericksburg, and if the two runaways are not returned I think it would be well, if you could go to her house in quest of them. because I imagine they will make out a sad story to her, which it would be well for you to set to rights by letting her know how little they have to complain of as to severity, food or cloathing, being always treated as my own, & better whenever any difference is made. it is worth while she should understand the true fact, because she is willing I should keep them as long as I please, which saves us the trouble of hunting up new hands & changing every year. my best wishes to you
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.