Poplar Forest near Lynchburg July 29. 19
Your letter of the 8th found me yesterday only at this place. soon after your departure from Monticello, I deposited your box with mr Wm D. Fitch at Milton and received his promise that it should be forwarded to Capt Bernard Peyton in Richmond, a label being placed on the box addressed to his care for you. The river was then too low for a boat to pass down, and it has never rained since, a general drought now prevailing which threatens an entire failure of bread-corn. on the reciept of your letter yesterday I wrote to mr Fitch pressing his attention to the box, and to my grandson also who lives but a mile from Milton to beg that he would at the first rise of the rivers attend to it’s being sent off, and I am sure you may rely on it’s being done the first rain which falls sufficient to raise the river. as to sending it by the stage, it would be sacrificed; for besides the danger from the jolting of the carriage there is a stage driver on that road who can be trusted with nothing
We have received a supply of 20 of the best workmen of Philadelphia in different lines. good stone cutters come at a dollar and a half a day.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.