Rich’d 7th October 1819
Yours of the 1st: Inst has been duely received & I have been searching this market in order furnish the articles you wish, of the very best quality, but am sorry to say it does not afford a first rate English Cheese, there have been but three bro’t to this port this Fall, & they as presents to individuals, fortunately my good friend Major Gibbon (Collector of this Port) received one, and insisted I should send you a part of it with his respectful complts, which I have done, together with one of the best I could procure in the City, but fear it will fall far short of your wishes. The ship Biscuit I hope you will find very good, as I employed the best Baker in the City to make a Barrel especially for you of his best: These articles, with the 50 feet sheet Iron will forwarded tomorrow to Lynchburg, care Mr Archd Robertson, & hope they will reach safe in good time.
I have not yet recd the articles you are expecting from Philadelphia & New York, when I do, shall they be forwarded to Poplar Forest or Monticello?
MHi: Coolidge Collection.