Thomas Jefferson Papers

Dabney Cosby to Thomas Jefferson, 14 March 1819

From Dabney Cosby

Staunton March 14—19

Dr sir,

Mr. Bolinger, the Person I named to you as log borer, Informs me he cannot agree to do your work sooner than to commence 26th day of April at which time If you Please to employ him he will punctually attend. He states his Prices to be $6. ⅌r Hd feet & one Shilling for filing each Joint. If filed with Boxes no charge for Joints. Diameter of the bore 2 inches Bording found also sufficient help to Lay them down. he Prefers pine, to Chesnut, the latter will split in Jointing and requires a band.

Logs should be cut 18 or 20 feet long, from 10 to 14 inches diameter at the stump. He desires you to let me know in 8 or 9 days whether you will consider it a contract

Yr Obt Servt

Dabney Cosby

RC (ViU: TJP); at foot of text in an unidentified hand: “6¼”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL; additional notation by TJ above endorsement: “Bolinger Pipe borer.” RC (ViW: TC-JP); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to William E. Richmond, 25 Dec. 1819, on verso; addressed: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson Monticelo”; franked; postmarked Staunton, 15 Mar.

hd: “hundred.”

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