From Gouverneur Morris
Morrisania 8 April 1801
I never was so long in my Life going the same Distance as on my Return from the City to this Place nor were there ever much worse Roads. This will excuse me I hope for what might otherwise seem neglect—The Service of Plate which I mentioned to you weighed in Paris six hundred and twenty two Marks making about 408 Pounds Troy which at 1⅓ per Oz or $16 per Pound will amount to $6528. There may perhaps have been packed up with it one or two Pieces that do not belong to it. if so we can easily arrange that afterwards. By the Time this Letter reaches your Hands you will I expect be established in your Palace accept thereon my Congratulations and the sincere wish that you may be happy in it—
I have the Honor to be with perfect Respect your obedient Servant
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Washington”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Apr. and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DLC: Gouverneur Morris Papers); in Morris’s hand.
This will excuse me: according to the TJ Editorial Files, a letter from TJ to Gouverneur Morris, 21 Mch. 1801, was sold at auction in 1929, but the letter is not recorded in SJL and has not been found. Morris finally sold the service of plate to Robert R. Livingston (Morris to TJ, 23 Oct. 1801).