To William Shirman
Monticello July 1. 14.
Your letter of Apr. 30. arrived here after my departure for Bedford, from which place I returned but three days ago. not meeting you there I was obliged to have that job done by the Bricklayer who went to do the brick work. we are now engaged in our harvest which will employ us in cutting & getting out the grain till the middle of next month, before which time therefore I could not find you attendance. but at that date I shall be very glad to recieve you, and shall have work enough to employ you through the season, which will give you time enough to become acquainted with the neighborhood, & to see whether it would not be an advantageous position for you. I am myself persuaded you will find it so. in expectation therefore of seeing you about the middle of August I tender you my best wishes & respects.
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Wm Shirman”; endorsed by TJ.
The bricklayer was Hugh Chisholm.