Monticello Feb 24th. 1809
Your favour of the 30th ult. enclosing Checks on the bank of virginia in favour of Mr Nelson & My Self for five hundred Dollars each were duly received, & have been honoured at the Bank. Mr Nelson also received by last post fifty Dollars—I am now hanging the Bells & find that we will have to use a Single Crank in each of them owing to the off sett in wall at the bottom of the cellar joist, it gives a great deal of trouble in getting the holes through; you will please to bring a bunch of wire with you fit for Bell hanging as what is here is not to be depended on—We have nearly finished the Cornice haveing only a few peices of the egg & dart Moulding to Carve. My Principal motive in writing to you at this time is to know whether you wish to have the Piazza plaistered now, as I look for Mr Chisholme by Court, it would be some object to save a second Scaffolding, I have had laths got for the Ceiling—You will plase to mention whether the stone house now building is to be finished with a pediment & if so, will the tympan be of stone like the present stone house or plaistered like the Pavillions as it will make some difference in carrying up the shaft of the Chimney—you will please to mention to Mr. Madison that we expect to move to his place some time in the latter end of March.
I am Sir with respect your very Humble Servant
[Note by TJ:]
bunch of bell-wire
MHi: Coolidge Collection.