Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Mussi, 20 November 1794

To Joseph Mussi

Monticello Nov. 20. 1794.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Oct. 22. has come safely to hand, tho’ not till the 12th. inst. I had not written on the subject of red clover seed, because I was not certain of the quantity I should want. That is now ascertained to be five bushels, which quantity I will therefore ask the favor of you to send me in a tight cask, by the first vessel for Richmond, noting to me by post it’s cost, and the time of it’s departure.

I thank you for your attention to my desire respecting the stonecutter, and your assurance that his wages will be within my views. I am determined the ensuing summer to go on with both my house and my mill, so that I shall be glad to recieve him as soon as may be. My rheumatism has been remarkeably obstinate not having yet entirely left me, tho’ I am able to ride about my farm. If clover seed of the present year can be got, it will be the best. However if that is not yet got out for market, I had rather recieve seed of the last year, than run the risk of your river’s freezing up before it’s departure. I am with sincere esteem Dear Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); addressed: “Mr. Joseph Mussi Philadelphia corner of Market & 7th. streets”; stamped; endorsed by Mussi.

Mussi’s favor of Oct. 22 is recorded in SJL as recieved from Philadelphia on 12 Nov. 1794. SJL also records letters from Mussi to TJ of 27 Sep. and 7 and 17 Nov. 1794, received respectively on 9 Oct., 26 Nov., and 2 Dec. 1794, as well as a 9 Oct. 1794 letter from TJ to Mussi, none of which has been found.

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