Thomas Jefferson Papers

Francis Hopkinson to Robert Bremner, 28 November 1783

Francis Hopkinson to Robert Bremner

Philadelphia, 28 Nov. 1783. “Mr. Jefferson of Virginia” having consulted Hopkinson “respecting the Importation of a Harpsichord for his Daughter,” the matter is referred to Bremner’s judgment and care. “He wishes to have an Instrument of the very best kind—a double Harpsichord with Merlin’s forte-piano Stop and such other modern Improvements as you may think advantageous … also all necessary Apparatus viz. a Set of Strings, a tuning Hammer, a tuning fork &c. &c. as you shall judge proper. Mr. Jefferson will write to you himself on the Subject giving directions how the Case shall be address’d,” &c. “You will oblige me much by your attention in seeing that Mr. Jefferson is well served on this Occasion.”

RC (MHi); addressed: “Mr. Robert Bremner Opposite to Sommerset House in the Strand London.” This letter was no doubt sent to TJ (perhaps as an enclosure in an unidentified letter from Hopkinson) to be forwarded in one of his own to Bremner; but it was evidently never forwarded to London. TJ acknowledged receipt of it in his to Hopkinson of 23 Dec. 1783.

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