To Hugh Chisholm
Monticello May 10. 14.
I have been detained by the carriage maker at Charlottesville far beyond my expectation. the carriage however comes home to day and will take about a week to paint dry and finish here. this now depending on ourselves alone, I may count with certainty, and shall not suffer an hour to be lost, nor wait one hour after it is done. I suppose I shall be with you certainly by the 20th. I have thought it best to drop you this line, that you may not be on uncertainty. accept my best wishes.
RC (MHi); addressed: “Mr Hugh Chisolm at Poplar Forest near Lynchburg”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 11 May; endorsed by TJ. PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.
On 21 May TJ gave carriage maker Elijah Rosson an order on Gibson & Jefferson for $30.50, “the balance after deducting 72.D. for 1201.f. of ash delivered him,” for work on a landau. Although TJ intended to be at Poplar Forest by the 20th, he did not arrive until 24 May 1814 (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 , 2:1300).