From John Richardson
Poplar Forres, Jenuary 16th 1810
My being desireous to inform you in wrighting, My fulfilment, in Complying With your direction that you left with Mr Perry, I have used Every Exertion To finish the plastering before this date But finding it ought of my power It being solely from bad mannagmint in Mr griffin I had no other assistance but phill, which he had Every thing to put in place, And put in order before I Could do any thing, Mr griffin gave himself no troughble about nothing when he wair not interested, as he has frequently told me when I would make application to him, his answer to me would be, that if I did not make my man phill do what I want done, It mought go ondone, on munday we had some words respecting his Conduct to me, which I am Confident will be dissegreeable to you when you heare it, But as dissegreable as It is, I am in hops you will Excuse me if I should mention some of them, the numerous quantity of his Connection that lives upon you weekly, Is a proventitve of my living as a macanick, and withall there is two familys to be served before I Can be admitted, and has been Ever since I have been at the forres, which I am Confident you are not apprised off, I have quited for several reasons which I will inform you, there is too much party work going on here, which you are not apprised of, which wounds my feeling to think your property are Confiscatid in such a manner and you know nothing about it. Lastly I Cannot persuade Mr griffin to git lime, had there been lime I would1 have finish if I had to bord myself untill it wair Compleat, There is nothing more I Can do untill further orders from you, the Center room to plaster and the west room, I remain your devoted and Very humble Servant
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Colo. Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Jan. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.
John Richardson (1762–1840), plasterer, served as a private in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War, married Mary Terrell in Campbell County in 1782, and eventually moved to Highland County, Ohio (DNA: RG 15, RWP; National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Patriot Index , 3:2458; John H. Gwathmey, Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution , 662; Lucy Harrison Baber and Hazel L. Williamson, Marriages of Campbell County Virginia, 1782–1810 , 82).
On 11 Apr. 1810 TJ arranged to pay Richardson $51 for the plastering work he had done at Poplar Forest (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1255).
1. Manuscript: “hould.”
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