Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Elisha Watkins, 22 August 1808

Monticello Aug. 22. 08.


When you were here to offer me your service for the next year, we separated on the subject of price. I offered you 120. Dollars, & you asked an hundred & fifty for the year’s service. I have concluded to give you your asking of an hundred & fifty dollars, with the allowance of 600. lb of pork, & corn as usual. the emploiment the first year will be as a carpenter with 2 or 3 men under you, for work to be done for myself. the paling a large inclosure of garden & orchard, building some granaries & other work of that kind would be the most wanted. if you think proper to engage and will write me so affirmatively within a week or two, this letter shall be binding on me. Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. There is a good house with two rooms, which needs only a little repair for you to live in.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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