Pop. For. Aug. 11. 19.
your letter of the 6th could not leave Charlottesville till the 8th and was received on the 9th our mail starts for Charlottesville tomorrow & will arrive there on Saturday at 6.P.M. I am glad you have given the assistance of a hand to each cooper’s shop, and wish it to be continued, and even more help to be given if necessary, for I look to the offal of the mill as our only resource for bread. I think it very certain that bread will not be made in the upper country generally. if we can keep the mill going it will be a resource for the present. after these two objects are secured, the next in importance is the river canal to the sawmill, I have engaged here the best mill wright [. . .] have ever known to go and rebuild the sawmill and the gristmill as soon as the canal is done.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.