Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Richard Richardson, 22 April 1800

To Richard Richardson

Philadelphia Apr. 22. 1800.

Dear Sir

On the 15th. inst. I wrote to you, desiring you would send off my horses on Friday the 9th. of May so that they might arrive at mr Eppes’s on the 11th. this was in expectation Congress meant to adjourn on the 5th. of May. but since that they have put off their adjournment a week longer, that is to say to the 12th. of May. therefore my horses must set off a week later than I had directed, that is to say on Friday the 16th. of May so that they may arrive at mr Eppes on Sunday the 18th. where they will be pretty sure to find me. for fear my letter should have miscarried I will repeat that the three horses & chair are to go, and my saddle & bridle also on one of them. the harness should be looked to in time & repaired, as also the chair if it wants any thing. if the threenotched road is in order, they had better go along that & cross James river at Goochland courthouse, then by Scotsville, & by Williamson’s at Jenets bridge, Brett Randolph’s & Sapony church. if the three notched road is not in order, they had better go by Dungeoness. mr Randolph will direct the road. I am Dear Sir

Your humble servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (D. C. Everest, Marathon Corporation, Rothschild, Wisconsin, 1950); at foot of text: “Mr. Richard Richardson.”

I wrote to you: TJ’s letter to Richardson of 15 Apr., recorded in SJL, has not been found. A letter from Richardson to TJ of 6 Apr., recorded in SJL as received 11 Apr., is also missing.

Williamson’s at jenets bridge: tavern kept by Jacob Williamson in southeastern Powhatan County near Genito, Virginia (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 , 2:916).

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