Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Hunter, 3 January 1812

To Joseph Hunter

Monticello Jan. 3. 12.


I have two clocks out of order, and requiring something to be done to them, probably not much, as they will go for a while when put in motion, but stop again after awhile. presuming that your business leads you sometimes to our court, I should be glad whenever you come if you would call & set these to rights. indeed having 4. or 5. of these in the house we never pass the year without some repairs being necessary, which may furnish further occasion of troubling you hereafter. accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Hunter.” Recorded in SJL as a letter to Joseph Hunter, of Warren.

Joseph Hunter was a resident of Warren in Albemarle County who repaired clocks for TJ on three occasions in 1812 and 1813 (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 , 2:1278, 1290, 1291; TJ to Hunter, 20 June 1813; Hunter to TJ, 20 June 1813; DNA: RG 29, CS, Albemarle Co., 1810, 1820).

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