Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Hollins to Thomas Jefferson, 10 July [1819]

From John Hollins

Baltimore 10th July 1818 [1819]

Dear sir

Your much esteemed favor of the 2nd Inst has been in my possession some days, I wish it were in my power to express to you the satisfaction I experience, occasioned by the very kind & friendly manner, in which you have been pleased to speak of my past conduct; I assure you my good Sir it has always been my disposition to do what in my opinion was right & correct, & to be useful to my friends at all times when in my power, nor will I despair as men without hope, but continue to do what is just in the face of the world; in doing which I am convinced I shall feel comfort & satisfaction;

I have pleasure in communicating to you that I still retain my situation, as President of the Maryd Insce Compy; & I will endeavour by my conduct to support myself in it   No remittance is yet received from Richmond, but shall expect it in a few days.—   The Italians left a case on board the Brig Strong—which I understood them to contain a piece of unwrought marble, but the Custom House officers on examination find it to contain polished work of some kind, & not having been put in the Captain’s manifest, of course not reported to the Custom house, the package is in the Custom house stores, I hope not seized, it will therefore be absolutely necessary, that they state to you its true contents, & something like the actual cost, if they have no invoice, if they have, you will be pleased to send it to me to pay the duties, so as to enable me to forward it to Richmond. or dispose of it as they may direct   Your attention to this will be necessary, otherwise the package & its contents may prove a loss—

Yrs very truly & respectfy

Jno Hollins

RC (MHi); misdated; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 10 July 1819 received 27 July 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Thomas Ewell, 17 Aug. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esq Monticello”; franked; postmarked Baltimore, 12 July.

The italians were Giacomo Raggi and Michele Raggi.

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  • Hollins, John; and Maryland Insurance Company search
  • Hollins, John; and stonecutters search
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  • Italy; stonecutters from search
  • marble; and G. Raggi and M. Raggi search
  • Maryland Insurance Company search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Michele; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Strong (brig) search
  • taxes; customs search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search