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John Hollins to Thomas Jefferson, 9 February 1810

From John Hollins

Baltimore 9th febry 1810

Dear sir

Yesterday brought me your esteemed respects of the 5th Inst, requesting me to forward to the care of Gibson & Jefferson, half a dozen ton of plaister by the first vessel for Richmond, which shall have due attention, with respect to the quality, being myself no judge, I shall confide in a particular friend, & flatter myself you will find it good; at present our navigation experiences a temporary embargo, but so soon as it is removed, & an opportunity presents, no time shall be lost—You do not say, whether it ought to be in the rough, or ground; Geo. Pitt. S.—who was present on opening your letter, tells me to prefer the former, but if you wish the latter you may write me, & perhaps in time.—

I am indeed pleased to learn that your health is so very good, that you may long enjoy it, is my sincere wish.— In a commercial point of view, the atmosphere, I think rather more foggy than usual; we Merchants are doing but little, & that little on a very precarious & uncertain foundation, nor do I expect we can do much, until Great Britain & France make peace, & when that will take place seems very doubtful.—

You shall hear again from me in due time, in the mean while accept the best wishes of Mrs H & myself, for your health & happiness, &

believe me with respect & esteem Yrs very truly

Jno Hollins

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Va”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Feb. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

geo. pitt. s.: George Pitt Stevenson, a merchant in Baltimore, was a first cousin of Hollins’s wife, Jane Smith Hollins, and the stepson of TJ’s nephew Peter Carr (James Lakin, The Baltimore Directory and Register, for 1814–15 [Baltimore, 1814]; gravestone inscriptions at Westminster Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Baltimore).

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  • agriculture; use of gypsum in search
  • Baltimore, Md.; merchants in search
  • Carr, Peter (TJ’s nephew); mentioned search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and gypsum acquired by TJ search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); shipped search
  • Hollins, Jane Smith (John Hollins’s wife); sends greetings to TJ search
  • Hollins, John; and gypsum search
  • Hollins, John; letters from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); gypsum for search
  • Stevenson, George Pitt; and gypsum for TJ search