New York 5th Jan. 1820
After having promised to see you in person and to undertake the management of One of your Cisterns in Nov last, I Can scarcely tell what to say in externation unless it is to beg pardon if I have given any disappointment; the fact is, time has so slipped thro’ my fingers in a manner I cannot well account for, and untill the moment, I have not had the satisfaction of informing you that I have at last finished my Labours, with regard to those models in terra cotta which your task in the fine Arts has done me the Honour to patronize; they are shipped on board the schooner Rising states, & Consigned to Captain Peyton to whom I must beg your goodness to write that they may be carefully conveyed to Monticello I must also take the liberty of requesting you to Inform Mr Randolph and Mrs Bankhead as to the tenor of this letter; & untill I have the Pleasure of seeing you which I hope will be very soon, be pleased to Accept my best wishes.
William J: Coffee
NB In One of the cases are two Busts of Mr Jefferson Randolph one of which I have the Pleasure of requesting Mrs Randolphs Acceptance
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.