Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to David Rittenhouse, 6 November 1793

To David Rittenhouse

Germantown Nov. 6. 1793.

Dear Sir

You will recieve herein inclosed the bill of lading and invoice for between 9. and 10. tons of copper shipped by Mr. Pinckney on board the Pigou for the use of the mint, for the reception and charges of which you will be pleased to give proper orders.

It has been understood that Mr. Wright our engraver is dead. If this be the fact, will you be so good as to recommend for the office such person as you think best qualified to execute it? I hope Mrs. Rittenhouse and yourself have enjoyed good health during the late trying season, and am with great & sincere esteem Dr. Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (Elizabeth S. Abbot, Philadelphia, 1954); addressed: “David Rittenhouse esq. Philadelphia. corner 7th. & Arch str.” PrC (DLC). FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Enclosures not found, but see Joshua Johnson to TJ, 24 Aug. 1793.

Rittenhouse’s missing reply of 12 Nov. 1793 is recorded in SJL as received from Philadelphia on 14 Nov. 1793.

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