Thomas Jefferson Papers

William J. Coffee to Thomas Jefferson, 8 September [1822]

From William J. Coffee

Newark. New Jersey Sept. 8th 1820 [1822]

Honed Sir

About the midle of this month it was your request to have the ornaments for Bedford House, as well as the ornaments for the University they are all, in great fordwardness and will be redy for shipment on the Last of this month, no time has been Lost sincs I have been at home or have I applyed a single hour to any other Employment so verry Laboreous & difficult has been this undertaking. but my sending them to that time will in som mesure depend on the Unfortunate state of this City which has becom so dangereous to the Health and Life of it’s inhabitants as nearty to drain a 3d of the number it Contained at least all that can any way Convenintly leave such a sink of disease and corruption, I need not say to you that it will Contunue its Scourgeing march ontill the first part of November at which time we are visited by the Healthy nor’west winds and a Black, frost. so much do I dislike this Stinking Pestilential City, and so dread the prevailing fever that I thought it Proper to leave the City for this little Town I tharfore at all Chances of fire & Robbery have Locked up my furniture all the Led ornaments and in fact all I have, Except my Tools and thee moulds for thee internal Ornaments which I must now finish in this Town, they will take me to finish about 3 weeks to Compleat the whole & as soon as that is don If it is at all Prudent I shall go in to New-York. Pack then up & send then by the first ship to Richmond but all that I shall advise the Proctor with be for the time.   on the arrival of your Last favour I waited on mr. maverick gave him your Drawing the Oarder and all necessiry information as I have not seen him sincs I hope he has wrote to you to whom I refered him for any other information he might stand in want of he Pronised to send you a Proofe Plate I hope by this time he has don so. If he has not & you will be Pleased to let me know I will write to him as he also may have Left the City

I am Sir yours to Command with mech Esteem and Respects

W: J: Coffee

NB. The Enclosed youe will have the goodness to forward to mr. Brockenbrough it is on the subject of the Ornaments the Contences of whih he will show to you of Corse.

I hope your Cistern by this time is quite full and will mrs Randolph have the goodness to inform mr. Easton Randolph that I have not forgot his Painting

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 218:38947); misdated; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 8 Sept. 1822 received 20 Sept. 1822 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to Catesby Jones, 8 Dec. 1824, on verso; addressed: “The Honbl Thhos Jefferson Esqr Montecello State of Virginia”; franked; postmarked Newark, 8 Sept. Enclosure not found.

Index Entries

  • architecture; architectural ornaments search
  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • cisterns; at Monticello search
  • Coffee, William John; and cisterns at Monticello search
  • Coffee, William John; and painting for T. E. Randolph search
  • Coffee, William John; and University of Virginia ground plan search
  • Coffee, William John; fashions ornaments for TJ search
  • Coffee, William John; fashions ornaments for University of Virginia search
  • Coffee, William John; letters from search
  • lead; architectural ornaments of search
  • Maverick, Peter; and University of Virginia ground plan search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); cisterns at search
  • New York (city); yellow fever in search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); architectural ornaments for search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); mentioned search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); and W. J. Coffee search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • tools; mentioned search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; ground plan of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; ornamental work search
  • weather; frost search
  • weather; wind search
  • yellow fever; in New York City search