Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Bowyer, 25 March 1796

To John Bowyer

Monticello Mar. 25. 1796.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Feb. 22. came to hand by our last post, and I thank you for the trouble you have taken to apprize me of an interest worth attending to, as well as the offer to act for me in what is to be done. Be so good as to make whatever bargain you think right with the person proposing to make saltpetre from my cave, and I confirm it. I have been told that the powder makers on your side of the mountain will give powder for saltpetre, pound for pound. Powder would be a more convenient article for me than saltpetre, as it happens in fact that I have a great job of blowing on hand in a mill race: so that if it can be exchanged on terms you approve, and lodged at Staunton, it would suit me. Mr. Samuel Clarke merchant at Staunton, who retails nails for me, would recieve and forward it. I embrace with pleasure this occasion of renewing our antient acquaintance, and I find from my feelings generally, that the more antient, the more valued. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (ICN); at foot of text: “Colo. John Bowyer Rockbridge.”

Great job of blowing … a mill race: see note to Inquest on Shadwell Dam, [18 Sep. 1795], and Bill to the High Court of Chancery, [24 Sep. 1795].

SJL records letters from TJ to Bowyer of 9 Sep. 1796 (“for H. Marks”) and 31 Jan. 1799 (addressed to Bowyer at Lexington), and from Bowyer to TJ of 6 Feb. 1800, received from Rockbridge on 13 Feb. 1800 that have not been found.

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