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James Walker to Thomas Jefferson, 3 February 1811

From James Walker

Hardware. 3d Feby 1811—

Dear Sir

After receiving your letter have met the misfortune to get my Distillery burnt down with all the Grain whiskey &. a considerable quantity of pork which I had in the still house— my neighbours persuade1 me to rebuild as my stock of hogs are suffering very much. I have commenced the work and suppose it will take me four or five weeks to complete it, consiquently am affraid that I cant do your work as soon as you wish yet if it will suit I think I could complete the work by the 1st June next—I have not made out a bill of timbers wanting. but will in a short time & bring or send it to you. whither I do the work or not. I will try to do it in the course of a week—

I am respectfully your Obt &c

Jas Walker

RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Mar. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “pursuades.”

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  • Hardware Mills (Albemarle Co.) search
  • hogs; owned by J. Walker search
  • Shadwell mills; improvements to search
  • Walker, James; and mill construction search
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