From Hugh Holmes
Mr Divers Albe April 23rd 14
The unusual protraction of the Orange Court and forbidding weather to travelers has denied to me the pleasure of Visiting Monticello and obliged me to take the nearest rout to my next court—I have however snatched a moment on the wing to mention another assurance from our manufacturer of your cloth that he wld finish it before the first of May—if he breaks this promise, it will be I think without any plausable excuse, for his workman whom he expected from the North since last November had arrived about a fortnight before I left home and was only waiting for some brushes which it was said wd arrive the first week in this month—
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “The Honble Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Apr. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.
The cloth manufacturer was Cyrus B. Baldwin.