Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Hosack, 20 April 1821

To David Hosack

Monticello Apr. 20. 21.

Dear Sir

I am truly ashamed of being so troublesome to you as the intermediate of my correspondence with mr Coffee, and can only plead in excuse his desire that I should do so. on the 5th of March, not knowing whether he was in New York I took the liberty of putting under the protection of your cover a letter to him asking a supply of 4. casks of Roman cement, and at the same time desired my correspondent in Richmond to remit him 40.D. under the same cover. recieving no answer from him, I conclude he is not in N. York, and being informed I can get the same cement in Richmond which is much more convenient to me, should the cement not have been already forwarded from New York I should prefer a return of my remittance & to employ it in Richmond. if you can be so good as to have this effected it will close this business, and add to my obligations to you. and I pray you to accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Heritage Auctions, auction 658, Dallas, 16 Apr. 2007, lot 25126). PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Bernard Peyton to TJ, 2 Nov. 1820; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • cement; Roman search
  • Coffee, William John; and cement for TJ search
  • Hosack, David; letters to search
  • Hosack, David; transmits letters for TJ search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search