Monticello Dec. 25. 19.
In my letter by Jerry I forgot to request you to send by the waggon the barrel of also, as before spring it will become mouldy probably and spoilt.
With respect to the canal, I look to the grinding plaister as the thing which is to produce us crops and improve our lands. and that therefore we should think it a lasting compensation for shortening a particular crop somewhat. yet I would not sacrifice a crop, but divide the work. I think the canal will employ your whole force about a fortnight. the dam some time in addition. give what time you can spare without too much injury, and if it does not finish it, lay it over till you more time. work on it, for example, one week [. . .] first instance, and see what progress that makes, and form your estimate on that. whatever you decide on for the best in your own judgment, I shall be satisfied with. this letter will be in Lynchburg on the 27th in time I hope before Jerry’s depature. affectionately yours.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.