Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 26 April 1813

To John Wayles Eppes

Monticello Apr. 26. 13.

Dear Sir

We are just now packing your Commode & two presses. strange as it may seem, altho’ it required but 4. or 500 feet of plank to make the packing boxes, yet so difficult is that article here, that I never have been able to command that quantity beyond1 my own constant & pressing wants till I got a saw mill of my own to work. this has enabled me now to pack them and my boat will be sent off with them within a few days to Cartersville. you once wrote me to whom to deliver them there, but I have forgotten and cannot now find the letter giving the directions. I presume however there will be no difficulty in finding store room. they will certainly be there within a fortnight from this date. I am just setting out for Bedford and believing you will get this letter and the one inclosed more quickly by lodging them at Flood’s I take them with me for that purpose. with my respect to mrs Eppes & love to Francis accept the assurances of my affectionate esteem & respect.


PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “honble John W. Eppes”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Eppes, 18 Apr. 1813.

1Reworked from “bef.”

Index Entries

  • Buckingham County, Va.; Flood’s ordinary search
  • commode search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters to search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); TJ sends furniture to search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Flood’s ordinary (Buckingham Co.; proprietor unclear) search
  • furniture; commode search
  • furniture; presses search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); sawmill at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • presses (furniture) search
  • sawmill; at Monticello search