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Your two letters of Dec 27. & Jan. 3. were recieved in due time. the former lays me under high obligations to you, not more for the real service rendered me than the affectionate manner in which it has been done. but I forbear writing to you on this subject till I learn how you have finally arranged the matter whether with the bank or a private individual. the latter would be much more...
Nothing had been more fixed than my determination to keep my expences here within the limits of my salary, and I had great confidence that I had done so. having however trusted to rough estimates by my head, & not sufficiently apprised of the outstanding accounts, I find on a review of my affairs here, as they will stand on the 3d. of March, that I shall be 3. or 4. months salary behind hand....
Some time in the first half of September I do not know exactly when, mr Eppes purchased a horse for me of mr Thweat his brother in law, for 250. D. payable in 90. days at your Counting house. I now inclose you that sum to take up the draught which will probably be presented shortly. I salute you with affection. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I find my letter of the 3d. went too late to countermand the making any remittance hither, as on the day following I recieved yours of the 2d. covering 250. Dollars. I have this day drawn on you for 500. D. in favor of James Lyle at 3. days sight: and I have further to request you to place four hundred and fifty dollars in the Richmond bank to the credit of James Dinsmore of Albemarle, and to...
Instead of remitting to me any part of the first paiment for my tobacco as proposed in my letter of the 31st. ult. be so good as to retain it subject to my draught, which will be as convenient to me at present, & will avoid the risk of that line of the post which for some time past has been considerable. my coal is just now arrived. what you advanced for it beyond my last remittance will of...
On the 2d. of Sep. messrs. Jones & Howell sent from Philadelphia for me some sheet iron, & some round & square bars of iron. they were for a particular piece of work, and mr Dinsmore writes me they can go on no longer for want of them. for fear they may have been overlooked in your warehouse, I take the liberty of asking that they may be forwarded by the first boats if not gone. Dinsmore also...
I must trouble you with the transaction of the business explained in the inclosed note, and the advancing to Le Telier the money he may want as far as 300. D. the amount of the inclosed draught of the bank of the US. here on that at Norfolk in your favor. what the cost may be beyond this will be remitted by mr Claxton hereafter when the work shall have been delivered. when recieved I will pray...
Yours of the 4th. inst. is just now recd. stating a balance of 74.11 D in my favor. that I presume was soon called for by my two draughts in favor of our sheriffs.—I have now to request you to procure & send me, by the earliest vessel, a thousand bushels of coal of the best quality for the grate.   mr. McCraw writes me on the subject of his prosecutions for mr Mazzei that he thinks he may...
My stock of brown sugar falling short I must pray you to send me a cask of about 100. ℔ of the best & whitest muscovado, by the first boat. but it must be double cased & strongly. the last box of wine which came up, was delivered open, and with 13. bottles of the wine used. most of the bottles remained with their corks & shewed they had been drawn. the depredations of the watermen add about...
The 4. boxes by mr Randolph’s boats are safely arrived, and the kental of dumbfish not being with them gives one fears it has never come to your hands. will you be so good as to send me by the first boat 25. or 30. ℔ of moulded candles, myrtle wax would be greatly preferred, but if not to be had, good tallow would be next desired. Affectionate salutations. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
Very soon after I wrote you by mr Randolph’s boat, I recieved my articles from No. 1. to 22. inclusive safely. but before mr Randolph’s boat got down I hope 4. other boxes will have reached you, which were shipped from Washington July 11. and that they will come by the boat, as well as mr Divers iron gudgeons which accompanied them, and a kental of Codfish sent from Boston in June to your...
I arrived here yesterday and finding a boat of mr Randolph’s departing for Richmond, they are charged to call on you for whatever they can bring of mine. should I have more than they can bring at a load, I would rather they should bring from No. 1. to 11. inclusive of the things sent from Washington about the middle of June, & the 4. boxes sent from there July 11. these being the most liable...
Your favor of the 14th. is at hand, and the box about which Majr. Gibbon wrote to me is now perfectly understood. I recieved his letter on the 11th. of June, & answered it on the 14th. and on the 19th. I recieved the inclosed letter from mr Roberts of Norfolk now in London, but it never once occurred to me that these prints might be in the box mentioned by Majr. Gibbons. as it is, I will ask...
I recieved last night your favor of the 8th. covering our quarterly account, balance 277.08 D and now inclose you 300. D. to cover it. I was not at all aware you had been drawn on so largely for paints, herrings, freight &c or I would sooner have remitted funds to meet them. I observe in the acct an article ‘paid W.A. duty on a box of instruments 29.67’ is this the box about which Majr....
Altho mr Taylor’s conduct did certainly induce me to believe that he was willing to hold property which he knew was not his own, if the law could not force him from it, & that therefore he would be a litigious tenant, yet I shall leave to yourself, who know him so much better, to continue him as tenant or not at your pleasure, revoking the absolute exclusion which I had prescribed as to him. I...
We have constant occasion for some of the strong, and dry, but sound and cheap wines, as well for the use of the kitchen at Monticello as to save the dear wines in calls from our neighbors for their families. I have hitherto had them from New York or Philadelphia, but this increases the delay & risk of the supply, and I suppose the same wines should be to be had at Richmond and as cheap. those...
I yesterday sent from hence the packages noted in the inclosed bill of lading, to be forwarded up the river. the system of plunder which our watermen carry on with respect to whatever of mine is put into their hands, and which they say is a matter of right, induces me to wish that these packages, & all others of mine hereafter may be reserved & put into the care of mr TMRandolph’s watermen....
The late Dr. Currie held a bond of mine for £158.19 with int. at 6 per cent from May 1. 1797 now in the hands of his administrator, mr Gordon. I inclose you a Treasury order on the Collector of Richmond for 900. D. and pray you to pay off the bond, & take it in. it amounts at present to something over 880. Dollars. I salute you with constant affection & respect. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I have taken the liberty of sending to your care by a Milton boat, a box directed to mr J. W. Eppes which I pray you to recieve & keep till sent for by him. it contains matters of great cost, & extreme brittleness, and I have recommended to him to send the body of a carriage with springs for it’s safer conveyance. I set out for Washington tomorrow morning. I salute you affectionately. MHi :...
Among the groceries I sent round from Washington, I omitted the Syrop of punch or Center, which is important in the country where we cannot get fruit. Will you be so good as to send me about two or three dozen bottles, by the first boat, well secured by package against plunder. I salute you affectionately MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I inclose you a sum of three hundred and fifty dollars to meet an order drawn on you this day in favor of John Murchie agent for James & Robert Donald & co. for £ 15-14-1 with interest @ 5. p.c. from Nov. 25. 1772. and another sum of £ 15-17-10 with interest @ 5. p.c. from Apr. 1776. war interest excepted in both cases, and what remains to cover the balance of your last account rendered. Some...
Your’s of the 16th. is recieved. I sent from hence two days ago 8. boxes of window glass to Alexandria, to be forwarded to Richmond by the first vessel passing, which I will pray you to send up by the first Milton boats to mr Higginbotham. Accept my affectionate salutations. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I inclose you a bill of lading for 12. packages sent from here on the 12th. instant by the sloop Miranda, Tooker. as the first 7. of the packages contain groceries I must pray you to entrust them to the most faithful of the boatmen returning to Milton. I expect Congress will rise the first or second week of April, and that soon after that I shall be able to make a short trip to Monticello. I...
I was to lodge with you about this time 250. Dollars for Majr. Joseph Eggleston of Amelia, for which he will call or draw on you. I have also to pay Colo. Monroe £34–10 sterling which at par would be 153.33 D for the instruments which he got for me in England. but there must have been some charges which ought to be added to the first cost. be so good as to induce him to make the proper...
I have this day sent two boxes, marked TI. No. 1. and No. 2. to mr Deblois at Alexandria, to be forwarded to you for Monticello. they are so pressingly wanted by my workmen there that I would have sent them by the stage from thence but that one of them contains a jug of varnish—which would certainly have been broken by the jolting of a carriage. I will pray you to forward them by the first...
I inclose you one hundred dollars to cover the balance of my last account, and an order in favor of James Oldham which I send him this day. I expect that Griffin has sent you a part of my crop of tobacco. I have desired him to forward the rest at his leisure so that it gets down some time during the season. it will then be ready to be sold for the first shipments when the embargo shall cease....
I put the inclosed under cover to you, because I fear a former letter of the same tenor to mr Oldham may have miscarried: and I leave it open, because he may possibly be engaged somewhere at a distance from Richmond, in which case I would ask the favor of you to have the mahogany procured for me by somebody else, & forwarded to Monticello, where they are now in want of it. I salute you with...
I inclose you a sum of four hundred dollars to cover the balance of your last account rendered, the purchase of coal, and an order I drew on you Oct. 29. in favor of Samuel Page, one of my overseers in Bedford for 99.86 D which having gone to him cannot be with you as early as this remittance. the coal is arrived here, but not yet delivered. by the same vessel I shall address to you 8. trunks...
I have to pay to James Oldham 82. D 06 C for which purpose I inclose you a bill of 100. D. and take the liberty of writing him that you will pay him the balance abovementioned on application.   I have deferred till now, calling for my winter’s supply of coal because I knew it would be wasted in weather which did not need it. I will now thank you to engage & forward to me 1200. bushels; as also...
Several years ago I asked the favor of you to enquire into the situation of a tenement of Philip Mazzei’s in Richmond in the possession of mr John Taylor and to endeavor to obtain an acknolegement of the title and a friendly settlement of the rents. all this being refused by mr Taylor, I employed Lewis Harvie to bring suits for the recovery of the possession, rents & damages, who left the...
On the 22d. of June I sent by the Schooner Betsy Barrett, from Washington to Richmond 11. packages marked TI. and numbered from 1. to 11.    and on the 21st. of July I sent by Capt Foyles from Washington to Richmond 7. packages marked & numbered from 1. to 7. and 8. boxes containing castings of iron, & other castings not in boxes, with 30. demijohns. of the parcel of June 22. I found No. 11....
Your letter of the 9th. was recieved last night; but in the mean time mine of yesterday had gone off asking you to specify the particular Nos. of my packages which were missing. the present is to save you the trouble of repeating the information in that recieved last night. with respect to the coal, the approach of my departure for Monticello, and the season, now renders the forwarding it...
Yours of the 3d. is safely recieved, and the 350. D. therein inclosed. you say all my shipwrecked articles are recieved except 1. box & 3. casks. can you give me the Nos. of those recieved? because I shall then know the contents of those missing, and be able to supply them exactly. I would ask it by the 1st. post because it is high time I was sending off my supplies. you will recieve in about...
I inclosed you yesterday the bill of lading for my millstones, but had not then time to write. on their arrival should the state of the river admit their going by water without danger of their being dropped by the way, it will be better; but should the state of the river have become uncertain, the importance of having them before the dry season sets in, renders it expedient to send them by any...
The inclosed letter, which I have left open for your perusal, will sufficiently explain it’s object, and the favor I ask respecting it. I do not know the Christian name of the person to whom it is addressed, nor with certainty his residence. but he is brother to the mr Clarke who superintends the manufactory of arms at Richmond.   I must ask the favor of you to send me 500. bushels of coal, by...
In the inclosed letter of yesterday I omitted one article. the three barrels of potatoes on board the wreck were intended for planting. they will possibly be spoiled, or come too late for that object. I am told potatoes from the North are always to be had in Richmond. will you then be so good as to send up a flour barrel full by the first boats? I salute you affectionately. MHi : Coolidge...
Supposing a special list of the packages & their contents may contribute to the easier recovery of my goods shipped from Washington & Alexandria for Richmond & said to be ashore in Princess Anne, I here subjoin it and pray your best endeavors to have them speedily and safely sent to this place, paying for me all proper charges. I salute you with affection. No. 1. a barrel of white sugar. 2. a...
I arrived here on the 11th. and found here your two favors of Mar. 24. & 31. & have since recieved that of the 14th. inst. I am satisfied with the sale of my tobo. & will thank you in your first letter for information of the weight as Griffin has failed to communicate it to me; as also whether he informed you of his proportion of it, and gave any directions about that. the thousand Dollars,...
Yours of the 12th. is recieved, and the arrangement for my supply of hams will, I dare say, answer. I yesterday sent to Alexandria 25. packages for Monticello, which as they contain stores for use there, I should wish to have sent by the first safe boats to Milton, consigned to mr Higginbotham, as I wish my things always to be, because it will authorise the carrier to look to him alone for...
I have still to pay of the remains of mr Wayles’s debt to Farrell and Jones, according to agreement with mr Kinnan their agent at Petersburg £ 108.15 Virginia currency with interest at 5. per cent from May 7. 1800. until paid. the paiment being to be made at Petersburg, I inclose you a draught of the Treasurer of the US. on the Collector at Petersburg for 500. D. and I must pray you out of...
Yours of the 22d. has been recieved. I have turned to the purchases of ham made by us heretofore of capt Macon, & find that for the years 1802. 3. and 4. he had 10d. in 1805. & 6. he had 13d. now he asks 15d. next it will be 16d. 18d Etc, pressing on till some limit is found to which we will go no further. we may as well make our stand at 13d. which is about 17½ cents, certainly enough when...
I inclose you a draught of the Treasurer of the US. on the collector at Richmond for 550. D. to cover a draught I have this day made on you in favor of Burgess Griffin for 520. D. & interest thereon from Sep. 8. last till paid. this is at sight; but as it goes by post round by New London, it will probably be a fortnight before it will be presented. I inclose you Burgess Griffin’s signature, as...
I now inclose you 300. D. to cover the purchase of the coal and the balance of your last quarterly account. we are in hopes of soon recieving the coal, as the season is calling for it. Mr. Taggert of Philadelphia some 2. or 3. weeks ago forwarded some oils & paints to you, & Messrs. Jones & Howell are about this time forwarding a parcel of iron: in addition to nail rod which they sent on early...
The season now requires that I should lay in my winter’s stock of coal. I will therefore ask the favor of you to send me on 1200. bushels with as little delay as possible, for indeed the want of it begins to be urgent. on this day fortnight I will make you a remittance to cover this article as well as the balance due at the close of the last quarterly account. Accept my affectionate...
Yours of the 26th is recieved. I found on going to Bedford that the Overseer had thought it necessary to sell several hogsheads of my tobo. there to answer certain plantation expenditures, and had lost a dollar a hundred on the sale, exclusive of carriage. altho’ I could not approve of this, it could not be altered. I shall certainly adopt your advice in future of having it inspected at...
Yours of the 11th. has been recieved, & the articles sent by the waggons also. I this day set out for Bedford where I will endeavor to find out where my tobo. is lodged, and on my return send off my waggons to carry it to Richmond. in the mean time your letters leave me somewhat at a loss as to the quantity recieved by you. in a former one you mentioned the reciept of as much as would pay mr...
Mr. Craven sending some waggons to Richmond with wheat agrees to bring up what I have there as cheap as they would come by water. he is therefore to take on board every thing I have with you. the following articles I recollect. No. 1. 3. 4. 5. boxes of groceries, left Washington about July 3. No. 1. 2. do. left Washington July 16. some boxes of iron plates, & a set of scale weights, left...
I received last night, from mr Griffin, my overseer at Poplar forest, the list of my tobacco of the last year, with information that it was all sent down & the manifests forwarded to you. according to this list the whole crop was 28. hhds. weighing 43,535 ℔. out of which the overseers’ parts were 5528. ℔. & mine 38,007. ℔. whether they have retained their parts at home, or sent the whole down,...
Mr. DuVal the executor of my deceased friend mr Wythe, informs me that he bequeathed to me his books, philosophical instruments & some other articles, which he is anxious should be immediately delivered, as the house was to be rented in a few days. I have taken the liberty to inform him that you will recieve those articles, & that you will be so good as to relieve him from all trouble &...
Having to pay James Oldham 179.80 D I have thought it safer to put under cover to you 180. D. and to ask the favor of you to make him the paiment on his application. I set out for Monticello tomorrow. accept affectionate salutns. MHi : Coolidge Collection.