Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Hemmings, 27 November 1819

To John Hemmings

Monticello Nov. 27. 19.

Th: Jefferson to John Hemings.

Your letter by Henry is recieved, and I am very glad indeed that the cause of the leak is discovered—miss no opportunity of every possible further search whenever rain falls, because if the cause can be unquestionably ascertained, we can remedy i[t.] I would have you first hang the blinds which are finished, that is the 7–sets which you say are done. then finish and hang the remaining 5. which you had put together. hang also the stair doors as before directed, and put the spinning machine into perfect good order. this last is the most important of all, as the want of it obliges me this year to buy some hundreds of yards of shirting which that might have spun.

Write to me every Wednesday, & put your letter the same day into the post office of New London or Lynchburg & it will be sure to be in Charlottesville on Saturday evening. in these letters state to me exactly what work is done, & what you will still have to do, and endeavor to guess at a day by which you think it may all be finished, that I may be ready to send for you by that day. if after all is finished, you should have a little time to spare before the cart arrives, employ yourself on the 2. blinds of the North Portico. these will need only half blinds, to wit, over the lower sash to prevent people seeing into the rooms. fare[well.]

let me know how the window irons answer.

PoC (MHi); dateline between closing and postscript; edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • carts; for transportation between Monticello and Poplar Forest search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); as woodworker search
  • Hemmings, John (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1776); letters to search
  • Hern, Henry (TJ’s slave; b.1805); travels to and from Poplar Forest search
  • household articles; blinds search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); carpentry at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); doors at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); roof at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); spinning at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); windows at search
  • shirting (textile) search
  • slaves; as carpenters search
  • slaves; letters to search
  • spinning machines; at Poplar Forest search
  • textiles; shirting search
  • weather; rain search