Thomas Jefferson Papers

Richard Randolph to Thomas Jefferson, 10 April 1822

From Richard Randolph

Richmond 10th April 1822—

Dear Sir

The governor tells me that the cement which I sent you did not answer at all. From the circumstance of all our tryals with it being successful, and the very same material as that sent in the barrels, being considered equal to the imported cement, by the workmen on the canal at Columbia So Carolina; I am induced to believe that the failure was occasiond by the want of proper management in the preparation of it for use. In order to give it another tryal, I send you enclosed, written directions, which if attended to, will I am persuaded make a hard and durable water cement.

I am with great respect your friend,

Richard Randolph

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Apr. 1822 and so recorded in SJL.

the governor: Thomas Mann Randolph.

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  • building materials; cement search
  • canals; at Columbia, S.C. search
  • cement; for canals search
  • cement; sent to TJ search
  • cement; waterproof search
  • Randolph, Richard; and cement search
  • Randolph, Richard; letters from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); mentioned search
  • South Carolina; canals in search