From George Jefferson
Richmond 23d. June 1800
I expected before this to have sent up the Hhd. of lime which you some time ago ordered, having spoken to a bricklayer to prepare one for you; I called on him to day to know why he had not sent it, and he informed me he had not been able to get it ready, but that I might depend upon receiving it tomorrow. You may therefore calculate upon getting it in a few days after you receive this.
The barrel of molasses I hope arrived safe. I omitted to inform you of the reason why I did not comply with your direction in having it cased. The person from whom I bought it on my desiring him to have it done, assured me that it would burst if it had not vent, the weather having been extremely warm. As I was partly of the same opinion I concluded it was better to risk a part than the whole—and particularly as I thought the boatman might be depended on, and he promised to be particularly careful of it
I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr. Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 June and so recorded in SJL.
Hhd. of lime: TJ added “1 gross porter 1 hhd. lime” to the endorsement on the letterpress copy of his letter to George Jefferson on 31 May 1800. These are the only substantive words, now legible, which indicate the content of the letter. TJ’s uncharacteristic addition to the endorsement may indicate that he could not read the press copy (MHi).