Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jonathan Shoemaker, 6 August 1810

To Jonathan Shoemaker

Monticello Aug. 6. 10.


I recieved last night yours of yesterday. this being court day at which mr Bacon & myself must both be, it would not be advantageous that the labourers should be there, without him. if you will let me know to-day how many labourers you propose to employ on the canal, yourself I will send an equal number tomorrow morning. I am in hopes the Carpenters can return to the mill tomorrow & finish their work there. the first may be the disengaging the upper wheel from the wall if that is more pressing than the support of the floor. I inclose you a letter written some days ago, but not sent on account of your absence. will you say by the return of the bearer the number of laborers you propose to have on the Canal tomorrow. Accept my best wishes

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Jonathan Shoemaker”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Shoemaker, 1 Aug. 1810.

Shoemaker’s letter to TJ of yesterday, 5 Aug. 1810, not found, is recorded in SJL as received the same day.

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  • Bacon, Edmund; attends court search
  • canals; at Shadwell Mill search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Overseers at; plantation management by search
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  • Shadwell mills; improvements to search
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