Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Willson Peale, 17 August 1816

To Charles Willson Peale

Monticello Aug. 17. 16.

Dear Sir

In your’s of July 7. you informed me you had found a young watchmaker of good character disposed to come here, who had taken time to consider of it. hearing nothing further of him, & being now within a fortnight of departure to Bedford where I shall be 6. weeks I am anxious to know of a certainty; because were he to come during my absence he might not1 find the same facilities for first establishment as were I here. I have a good deal also which might employ his first days until work should come in. I am sorry to be troublesome to you, but rely on your often experienced goodness for apology. ever & affectionately Yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (TxU: Thomas Jefferson Collection); at foot of text: “Mr Peale.” PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of John P. Boyd to TJ, 7 May 1816; top half of text faint; endorsed by TJ.

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Charlottesville, Va.; watchmaker needed in search
  • clocks; repairman needed for search
  • Peale, Charles Willson; and watchmaker for Charlottesville search
  • Peale, Charles Willson; letters to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • watches; needing repair search