Thomas Jefferson Papers

William J. Coffee to Thomas Jefferson, 1 November 1821

From William J. Coffee

New. York. November 1st 1821

Most Honbl Sir

When last I had the Pleasure of seeing you, I think you had a disire to have your Picturs Cleaned & repired, and which you then Postponed on account of your been likely to be from home at the time you would wish to superintend the work,

If you now have time to attend to them and feel the same disposition, it would give me much gratification to Pay you a Visit for that Purpose,

I have nothing to do in N. Y. this winter, that will Induce me to contend with so rough a friend as the North wester, If I Could Employ my time in a more Pleasant Climate for two or three Month, The Expences attach’d to the operation would be my traveling to and from Montecelo say 70 Dollars; I lament the State of the fine Arts is Such as will not permitt me to offer my Services in a more Pleasing way to my Feeling, in The Spring I Shall returne to my Native Land,

If you deside on the Necessity of having them Cleaned, your Condescension will I hope favour me with an early Information in which Case I must Procure som good Varnish

That you do and may Continue to Enjoy the Blessings of good Health is the hope of your Respectful and Sincere Obt &. &.

W. J. Coffee

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 221:39442); endorsed by TJ as received 20 Nov. 1821 and so recorded in SJL; with Dft of TJ to Coffee, 22 Nov. 1821, beneath endorsement. RC (DLC); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to Garritt Furman, 8 Mar. 1824, on verso; addressed: “To The Honble Thos Jefferson Montecelo Vic. City of Richmond State of Virginia”; franked; postmarked New York, 8 Nov.

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