To John Staples
Monticello May. 4. 14.
I send you the model of the mouldboard of a plough of a form of my own, and ask the favor of you to cast me two dozen in iron. I presume you will preserve the mould, as I shall probably call annually for a supply. I will thank you to have them ready as soon [a]s you can, and I will direct them to be called for. they had better be tied together in manageable bundles by bits of nailrod passing thro’ their holes. mr Gibson will be so good as to pay your bill for them. accept the assurance of my respect.
PoC (MHi); one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr John Staples”; endorsed by TJ.