Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Smith, 5 July 1819

To Andrew Smith

Monticello July 5. 19.


Your favors of June 18. & July 5. are duly recieved. the remittance of the amount of the glass you have been so kind as to furnish me, to wit 68.78 D will experience a short delay. the crisis of the times is not unfelt by the farmer. the embarrasments of the merchants withdrawing them from the purchase of his produce occasions with him also1 a temporary suspension of recieving, & consequently of paying. for I call it a suspension of purchase when the barrel of flour2 netts to it’s producer at market but 3.94 D as lately in my own case. this disposes me to hold up awhile what more I have on hand, to see if a better price will not be given. but the trial shall be short, and the remittance to messrs Otis, Dunlap & co. shall be little delayed. I suppose [tha]t thro’ them, or yourself when you resume the business, the demands for our University, which will be considerable, can be obtained without application to the principals at Boston. I salute you with esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of James Oldham to Nelson Barksdale, 27 Mar. 1819; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Andrew Smith”; endorsed by TJ.

Smith’s most recent letter to TJ was dated 1 July 1819, not july 5.

1Preceding three words interlined.

2Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Boston, Mass.; glass from search
  • Boston Glass Manufactory search
  • building materials; window glass search
  • flour; price of search
  • glass, window; Boston search
  • glass, window; for University of Virginia search
  • glass, window; TJ seeks to pay for search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; sells flour search
  • merchants; TJ on search
  • Otis, Dunlop & Company (Richmond firm) search
  • Smith, Andrew; and glass for TJ search
  • Smith, Andrew; letters to search
  • United States; Panic of1819 search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; building materials for search