To Thomas Mann Randolph
Philadelphia Feb. 22. 98.
Th:J. to TMR.
Since writing my letter of this morning yours of the 12th. inst. is come to hand. I very much doubt Bates’s not having recieved my bill. however it happens luckily that I have a copy of it with me, & therefore write him the inclosed letter subjoining the bill. he has still time to get it before the rise of the sap, & I will pray you to send Jupiter off immediately with the letter with orders not to return without finding him & bringing an answer. I had written to Davenport last week; but will write again now in consequence of what you mention.—my letter by last post desired that George should look out for horses for his ploughs. I must pray you to authorize the purchase of any you may deem necessary & at proper prices, without waiting further to consult me, as it will be fatal to have the ploughs stopped. he should obtain a credit till July 1st. that I may be sure of being in place to answer it. if you should at any time see Davenport I pray you to push him with my work. Adieu affectionately.
RC (DLC); endorsed by Randolph as received 3 Mch. 1798. Enclosure: TJ to William Bates, 22 Feb. 1798 (recorded in SJL, but not found).
Randolph’s letter of the 12th. inst., which according to SJL was received 22 Feb. 1798, has not been found. SJL records a letter from TJ to William Davenport of 22 Feb. 1798, which is also missing. my letter by last post: TJ to Randolph, 15 Feb.