To George Jefferson
Monticello Dec. 19. 99.
I hardly expected to have addressed you again from this place, where I have been detained much beyond my calculation. I am just now on my departure. In my last I desired some bottles (3. gross) & 6 gross of corks to be forwarded when there should be boats coming up. part of my nailrod is still to come also. as I understand that molasses is become cheap, say as low as 2/. I would be glad to have 2. hhds sent up, if at that price […] one if higher. if above 3/. send none.
Should Governor Monroe call on you for money in my name to make good any undertakings for me with the printers for certain [papers to be] published, be so good as to answer them from time to time [until] all be […]. Mr. Randolph got for me 3. pr worsted stockings at a store next […] to you, which you paid for. [they are] so much softer than any I can get in Philadelphia, that I will thank you to get 3. pr more of the same kind for me. perhaps you may meet some friend coming on to Philadelphia who will give them a place in his portmanteau. otherwise they may be kept [till] my return. I am Dear Sir
PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
James Monroe was elected governor of Virginia by a joint ballot of the Virginia Assembly on 6 Dec. (JHD, description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends Dec. 1799–Jan. 1800, 11; Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 27 vols. description ends , 17:286–7).