Wilmington, Feby. 21st. 1805
For the last three weeks I have been at Lancaster as the Agent of the Ches. & Del. Canal Co. to solicit Legislative aid to our undertaking, and having been detained from day to day, by the usual tediousness of such an application. Having succeeded as far as a resolution of each house in our favor, I returned hither last night, and shall in an hour proceed by the Mail to the works and thence to Washington tomorrow. I staid a day in Philadelphia to engage stone Cutters & have agreed with six good hands to go on directly.—My Clerk informs me that he sent a letter from you after me. I have not received it as yet, but have directed the necessary enquiries. With the true respect I am
Your faithful hble Servt
B H Latrobe
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.