Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Peter Cardelli, 4 October 1820

To Peter Cardelli

Monticello Oct. 4. 20.


I understand you have taken the busts in plaister of the President of the US. and of mr Madison of the size of the life and have to request the favor of you to send me a copy of each. as they are to stand en suite of those of Genl Washington & Dr Franklin which perhaps you may have noted in our tea-room and these are of a brick-dust color, I should be glad that those you send me should be of the same color. address them, well packed in a box or boxes, if you please, to Capt Bernard Peyton of Richmond, sending them by water, and drop me a line at the same time noting their cost and it shall be remitted to you. I salute you [with] great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; mutilated at seal, with one word rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Cardelli”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); bust of J. Madison search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); bust of J. Monroe search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); letters to search
  • Franklin, Benjamin; busts of search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); P. Cardelli’s bust of search
  • Monroe, James; P. Cardelli’s bust of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Tea Room search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • sculpture; at Monticello search
  • sculpture; P. Cardelli’s busts search
  • Washington, George; bust of, at Monticello search