Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Moses Cox, 7 March 1793

To Moses Cox

Philadelphia Mar. 7. 1793.


Mr. Ogden informs me you propose to rent your house near Gray’s ferry the ensuing season, that the rent last year was £30. and he supposed would still be the same. As the time it might suit me to occupy a house in the country might be longer or shorter according to circumstances, the price is of consequence, because even a low price may by shortness of time become a high one. If therefore you are disposed to rent it, and at the former price, I will beg your permission to examine it, with it’s conveniencies, and in that case must ask you to trust me with the key, as I understand the house is not open. I will ride there to-day, tomorrow, or next day as my business will permit, and return you the key with an answer. I am Sir your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Moses Cox.” Tr (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); 19th-century copy.

Moses Cox (1734–1805), a Quaker merchant in Philadelphia, owned land at, among other places, Gray’s Ferry (PMHB description begins Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1877– description ends , xlvi [1922], 169–70).

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