Monticello May 20. 20.
In my letter of the 12th inst. I left to the convenience of mr Hepburn whether he would come on immediately, or await my visit to Bedford; but the time of that visit is so uncertain, and the pressure of my want of him here is so urgent, that I must pray you to press on him to come on immediately, as the distress for some of my work is so great that every day’s delay is a serious thing. it is entirely necessary that I should see him set into work & make every provision for his being able to go on and have every thing at his hand while I shall be absent on my journey to Bedford. I have not yet had any acknolegement from mr Gibson of the reciept of my tobacco, but I take for granted he has recieved it. I salute you with friendship & respect.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.