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To Thomas Jefferson from Jones & Howell, 25 November 1803

From Jones & Howell

Phila. 25th Novr. 1803

Respected Friend

Your favor of 22nd inst. reach’d us this day, and agreeable to your request, went immediately in quest of Mr Stewart, who had been with us some days before and had told us he wanted some Iron for You, but as you had not mentioned any thing of it to us, and his appearance being rather unfavorable, we evaded his request. this day in our search for him we found his son, who informs us, he had prevail’d on him to start for home three days ago, and by this time we hope he is with you. and we wish you may be able, by your influence, to render him more worthy of that family, whom he had deserted. he is an excelent mechanic, and has abilities to provide well for them, if under proper direction. any Iron or steel that you may wish sent on shall be promptly attended to, as soon as we are informed what kinds they are.

with Respect we Remain Your Friends

Jones & Howell

PS The 20 Dollar note Inclosed awaits your orders

RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.

Earlier in the year, TJ had sent funds to William Stewart’s son, William G. Stewart, but the younger Stewart at this time was likely aboard the Argus, a naval brig beginning a lengthy tour in the Mediterranean. Jones & Howell may have been referring to another son, Alexander Stewart, who handled some transactions for TJ in 1804 and 1805 (NDBW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary Powers, Washington, D.C., 1939-44, 6 vols. and Register of Officer Personnel and Ships’ Data, 1801-1807, Washington, D.C., 1945 description ends , Register, 68; MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1101, 1158; Vol. 38:63n; TJ to Jones & Howell, 28 Nov. 1804, 12 July 1805).

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