Poplar Forest July 19. 19
When I left home, I was not certain whether the sawing was done which I wished you to work up. I find however that it is done. I wish you therefore to come with the three carpenters under you, as soon as they have done what I directed. that is to say, they were to assist in cleaning out the canal on the other side of the river, and to put in the sleepers of the north pavilion & secure all the plank & shelf belonging to it. Jefferson had also something to be done which I wish you to do. It is so inconvenient for the house to spare the little mule & cart, and so few tools will be wanting here that they may bring them on their shoulders. they will need 2. hand saws, 2. jack planes, 2 pr chissels broad & narrow some augers for common framing, a foot adze, and one of the narrow adzes which were made here to dig gutters in the joists. these things divided among three will weigh little. let them bring their own provision for the road. I bear your travelling expences. at Brown’s in Warren, at the ferry there, at Noah Flood’s, Henry Flood’s, and Hunter’s, they will charge your expences to me, or you may get money of mr Bacon on my account as you chuse.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.