Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Dinsmore, 26 September 1810

To James Dinsmore

Monticello Sep. 26. 10

Dear Sir

Johnny Hemings is just entering on a job of sash doors for the house at Poplar forest, and tells me he cannot proceed without his sash planes & the templet belonging to them in your possession. they may come safely in a box by the stage, to the care of mr Higginbotham. if you could send them by Sunday’s stage you would oblige me. Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “Mr James Dinsmore Montpelier. near Orange C. H.”; franked. PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

templet (template): a piece of wood or metal used as a pattern to create a desired shape (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • building materials; carpentry tools search
  • building materials; door and window frames search
  • Dinsmore, James; letters to search
  • Dinsmore, James; works at Montpellier search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); tools of search
  • Higginbotham, David; mentioned search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); work at search
  • templets search
  • tools; at Poplar Forest search
  • woodworking; tools search