Custom House Richmond July 13. 1821
I yesterday recd a letter of the 17. May covering a bill of loading to me, for a box of Books on board the Sh. Henry Clay from London, which ship, the arrival has not yet reported.
The letter is from our Consul at London & requests I would write you, for your directions
This I find would have been unecessary. as Capt Peyton has been with me on the subject had the Consull transmitted an invoice at the same time, which it is not unlikely may have been enclos’d to you
Should this be the fact Sir, be pleas’d & send it to me by mail, as it will forbid the necessity of opening the package.
J. Gibbon Coll
If the invoice should not be with you, it is quite probable we may find it in the top of the case–this you know sir is an essentiall to the accounting the duty—
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.