Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Walker to Thomas Jefferson, 23 April 1812

From James Walker

23d apl 1812.

Dear Sir

The last time that you and myself had any conversatio[n] together with regard to the erection of your saw mill your wish then was that I should commence on the first of april this present month. I have 12 months ago undertaken a large mill to build for Wm Moon &. calculated on carrying on yours &. Mr. Moons work this summer at the same time. I have1 engaged a young Man who served an apprenticeship to me for the present year who is a good workman but whose2 health is such that I fear he will [be]3 of no service to me. I will be with you in a few days &. will either do your work or have it well done by another workman whom I now have in view but have not fully determined with him.—

I am your H. servant: &C.

Jas Walker.

RC (DLC); edge trimmed; dateline adjacent to signature; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr albemarle”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Apr. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

1Reworked from “had.”

2Manuscript: “wose.”

3Omitted word editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Moon, William; mill built for search
  • Shadwell mills; improvements to search
  • Walker, James; and mill construction search
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