From John Stuart
Augt. 25th. 1796
It is some time ago since I wrote you by Major Taylor, the Bones then mentioned I hoped would have Reached you nearly as soon as the Letter, but I unfortunately missed of the Waggoner—they are the same I now send by Mr. Silkniter. I am your Most Obd Humbl Servt.
RC (DLC); addressed: “Honbl. Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ.
Stuart last wrote TJ on 13 July 1796. I now send by Mr. Silkniter: TJ paid Jacob Silknitter for charcoal burning from 1795 to 1797 (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , ii, 925). According to SJL, TJ wrote letters to Silknitter on 30 Oct. 1794, 30 Oct. 1797, and 29 Aug. 1798, none of which has been found.