Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Walker to Thomas Jefferson, 1 April 1811

From James Walker

Apl 1st 1811—


I am sorry to have disappointed you so much by not coming to see you according to promise=a few days after I last saw you got hurt whilst raising a house &. was not for a considerable length of time able to ride about—my business has since been &. is now such1 that I cant with any convenience come this week=I dont think that it will be in my power to do your work as soon as I promised as I am called on to do work promised twelve months previous to your first writing to me consirning your work—hope it will not be a material disappointment to you &. if you can get any other person to do your saw mill &.c I shall be glad when I promised to do your work I had not a right to expect to be called on so soon to do the other work above mentioned— have been much disappointed in my expectations since I saw you, if in the course of the summer it will suit I am still anxious to build your saw mill &. start the wheat machine by water I shall again get my distillery2 in operation in a few days &. can then come down & consult you on the subject of this business—

I am with great respt your obt H. servt

Jas Walker—

RC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Apr. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “shuch.”

2Manuscript: “distillry.”

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