To John Wickham
Monticello May 6. 99.
I have hitherto been in expectation of selling my last year’s crop of tobo. at Richmond & of ordering out of it the same paiment to you as the last year. but the prices, instead of rising through the season as usual, have fallen, and far below what the state of the general market of Europe justifies. I am now therefore looking out for information whether to send my tobaccoes to Philadelphia, New York, or Europe. this will probably retard my paiment to you. the object of the present letter is to assure you that, tho I am not able at this moment to fix the time, yet you may count with certainty on recieving your paiment out of the proceeds the moment they can be commanded. it is so ruinous to sacrifice price to time, that I am persuaded of your indulgence in such a case as ours. I am with great esteem Dear Sir
Your most obedt. servt
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Wickham”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
Same paiment to you as the last year: for TJ’s 1798 payment of the bond due to Wakelin Welch, see TJ to Wickham, 2 Aug. 1798. For the terms of the bonds given by TJ for the settlement of his portion of this Wayles estate debt, see TJ to Wickham, 20 Jan. 1797.