Washington Feb. 27. 09.
As the two cooks which are here, will take the place of Peter Hemings in the kitchen, it will be necessary that one of them should have his room next the kitchen, and that it should be vacant on their arrival. I would wish you therefore before your departure to let him make choice of any one of the log-houses vacant, on the Mulberry row, and to direct your people to proceed immediately to fix it up in an entirely comfortable and decent manner. it should be done at once that the cramming may be dry.
As the waggon will have valuable things in it, and therefore liable to be robbed, would it not be well to have with you a good dog who will lie by it, if you have such an one. I recommend to you to come exactly on the rout which I have so often noted to Davy, that is to say by the courthouses, Ewell’s mill, Songster’s Lane’s & Ravensworth. the other roads are now absolutely impassable. I offer my best wishes
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.