Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Colley, 22 August 1790

To Nathaniel Colley

New York Aug. 22. 1790.

Dear Captain

For fear that your uncertainty what was become of me should have prevented your executing the memorandum I gave you for the tables, I have copied it again on the next leaf. If you have already purchased them, and sent them to France, I shall get them with my furniture from thence: or if you have brought them with you, I will beg you to ship them to Philadelphia for me. But if you have not got them at all, I will still beg the favor of you to get them according to the note now sent. In any of these cases, either draw on me for what I may be in your debt, and it shall be paid at sight; or let me know to whom and where to pay it and it shall be punctually done.-Drop me a line of information for the present, if you please, and send it by post to Richmond, noting on the letter ‘to be forwarded to Monticello,’ where I shall be within three weeks.

My daughters were well when I last heard from them. The elder is married to Mr. Randolph the younger of Tuckahoe.

I saw your arrival at Norfolk announced in the Philadelphia papers, and on the strength of that write to you. I hope you have had a pleasant passage, & am Dear Captain your most obedt. humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); accompanied by “Duplicate of Note given on board the Clermont Nov. 16. 1789” (printed above under that date).

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