Thomas Jefferson Papers

Eleuthère I. du Pont de Nemours to Thomas Jefferson, 17 May 1811

From Eleuthère I. du Pont de Nemours

Eleutherian mills May 17th 1811.


I have been absent from home these last three weeks, and at my return I found your favour of the 24 ult. unanswered I much regret this circonstance which deprived me to express to you Sooner how anxious I always will be to execute any order which you will have the kindness to give me.

I will forward by the first opportunity for Richmond a quartr cask containing a few pounds of fine folling1 Powder and the remainder of musket to blow rocks, this last although of the same quality and made out of the same materials does not give as good a report on a small eprouvette on account of the large size of its grains, but it is the best for blowing as it does not pack so close in the hole when raming the Stone.

I hope Sir you will be so indulgent as to excuse my apparent neglect which2 was altogether involuntary and which I Sincerely regret.3

I have the honor to be with great respect4

Sir your most obedt humble Servant

E. I. duPont de Nemours.

RC (DLC); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 May 1811 and so recorded in SJL. Dft (Pierre S. du Pont III, Wilmington, Del., 1946); in the hand of du Pont and a clerk; undated.

circonstance: French for “circumstance.”

1Thus in RC and Dft: “fowling” may have been intended.

2In Dft “was certainly w” is canceled here.

3Sentence added below closing in Dft by clerk, with remainder of Dft in du Pont’s hand.

4Dft ends here.

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