Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William J. Coffee, 5 March 1821

To William J. Coffee

Monticello Mar. 5. 21.

Dear Sir

My cistern answers perfectly well but not affording water enough for us, I propose to prepare another. I this day therefore desire Capt Bernard Peyton Commission mercht of Richmond and my correspondent there to remit you 40.D. which I trespass on your friendship in requesting you to invest in Roman cement, and forward to Capt Peyton for me. the Proctor of our University will have occasion soon to apply for some. will you be so good as to inform me to whom he must address himself.

You were, kind enough when here to give me some remarkably fine penpoints of a yellow hue. if my remittance leaves any thing will you be so kind as to send me a few dozen. if quilted into the size of a letter they will come best by1 mail. not certain of your being in New York this as well as the letter of remittance go under cover to Dr Hosack.2 I salute you with constant esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi). RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Bernard Peyton, 25 May 1821, on verso; addressed: “Mr William J. Coffee New York,” with “507 Greenwich” added in an unidentified hand; franked; postmarked New York, 13 Mar.; with penciled note in David Hosack’s hand: “D Hosack wishes to See mr Coffee.” PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of William Davis Robinson to TJ, 28 Dec. 1820; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Hosack, 5 Mar. 1821 (second letter), and Hosack to TJ, 28 Apr. 1821.

1Manuscript: “my.”

2Preceding two words not in PoC.

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • cement; for cisterns search
  • cement; Roman search
  • cisterns; at Monticello search
  • Coffee, William John; and cement for TJ search
  • Coffee, William John; and cisterns at Monticello search
  • Coffee, William John; and pen points for TJ search
  • Coffee, William John; letters to search
  • Hosack, David; transmits letters for TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); cisterns at search
  • pens (writing instruments); points for search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; building materials for search