Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from W.A. Thompson, 19 January 1822

No 21. Cedar StNew York 19: Jan: 1822.

Respected Sir,

Your favour of the 10th inst, with Mr Coffee’s letter enclosed came to hand yesterday; I with Pleasure hasten to comply with your request. I made inquiry concerning the prices of the several articles desired, and find them to be at present as follows viz:—

Dry puer white-lead $13 per 100 lb
Linseed oil, raw per Gall:   .75 cents
Do—Boiled—do  1 .25
Spirits of Tupentine per Gall:   .40
Double Tin per Box marked thus x and } $16
containing 100 sheets 17 by 12
Second quality and smaller size con- }  13 :50
taining 225 sheets 10 by 13 and ½

The smaller size, with two crosses thus XX, which denotes the quality of the tin, would be about $2 more per box.—

I made the preceding inquiry, of a man who carries on the tin business, in an extensive manner, and has covered a number of houses in this city: He appears to be a correct judge of the kind and quality necessary for that purpose; and says, the size and quality above mentioned, are the ones most commonly used in the covering of houses.—

I beg to add, that any service, I can be to Mr Jefferson, in the transacting of any business for him in this City, will be rendered with the greatest pleasure.

With the highest sentiments of respect, I remain Mr Jefferson’s very obedient and humble sevt

W. A. Thompson


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