Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Claxton, 19 October 1801

From Thomas Claxton

Philada Oct 19. 1801.

Honord Sir,

It gives me great mortification to be obliged to inform you that there is no prospect of being furnished with the grates I ordered in June—not even one is yet done, and I have stopped any farther progress being made by a man who has not only deceived me by repeated promises, but also falsely told half a dozen people who I had occasionally requested to call on him, that they were nearly completed—This, Sir, is the first time that any of my undertakings have failed, and, I flatter myself, when you consider the distance I was at from Philada. you will pardon me on this occasion—A Kitchen Grate I think may be procured here ready made, and as to the others I would propose to have a few temporary ones constructed for the ensuing winter—these may be executed in Washington in a few days—And in the course of next Summer proper ones may certainly be got—If it should please you, Sir, to agree to this proposition, the business can be executed in a few days, and, by taking a little extraordinary pains in fixing them in their places, they may appear tolerably decent—

I have been informed, since I came here, that altho I had chosen one of the best workmen in the city, he had lately taken to idle habits, from which circumstance the disappointment has taken place

I have the honor to be Sir With the most sincere respect Your Hble Svt.

Thos. Claxton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 21 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.

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