Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Peter Cardelli, 29 July 1819

To Peter Cardelli

Poplar Forest near Lynchburg July 29. 19

Dear Sir

Your l[e]tter of the 8th found me yesterday only at this place. soon after your departure from Monticello, I deposited your box with mr Wm D. Fitch at Milton and recieved his promise that it should be forwarded to Capt Bernard Peyton in Richmond, a label being placed on the box addressed to his care for you. the river was then too low for a boat to pass down, and it has never rained since, a general drought now prevailing which threatens an entire failure of bread-corn. on the reciept of your letter yesterday I wrote to mr Fitch pressing his attention to the box, and to my grandson also who lives but a mile from Milton to beg that he would at the first rise of the rivers attend to it’s being sent off, and I am sure you may rely on it’s being done the first rain which falls sufficient to raise the river. as to sending it by the stage, it would be sacrificed; for besides the danger from the jolting of the carriage there is a stage driver on that road who can be trusted with nothing

We have recieved a supply of 20 of the best workmen of Philadelphia in different lines. good stone cutters come at a dollar and a half a day. I salute you with great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr Cardelli”; endorsed by TJ.

For TJ’s 28 July 1819 letter to my grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph, see note to TJ to Patrick Gibson, 28 July 1819.

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); and sculptors for University of Virginia search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); bust of TJ search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); letters to search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); visits Monticello search
  • carriages; stagecoaches search
  • corn; effect of weather on search
  • Fitch, William D.; forwards box for TJ search
  • Milton, Va.; boats traveling to and from search
  • Milton, Va.; stagecoach to and from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Cardelli, Peter search
  • Peyton, Bernard; forwards goods for TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); letters to accounted for search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); resides at Tufton search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; stagecoach to and from search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search
  • weather; drought search
  • weather; effect on crops search
  • weather; rain search