Shadwell 1st Novr. 1805
This comes to inform you that my motive for writing to you respecting the work still to do for you, originated from what passed betwen you & me at Monticello the second day of last April, I observed to you that as I had changed my situation in life I had reather find my self while at work for you which you readily consented to I then thought that our bargain made at Mr. Cockes was void supposing that you probably had reather I should do the work by the piece in consiquence of my finding myself which I thought might perhaps prove more satisfactory to each of us, I must acknowledge that my Idea of our bargain being changed was unjust as nothing but the finding was mentioned, I well remember our bargain made at Mr. Cockes & am perfectly satisfied with it as I always was, & think with you that it could not be put on a fairer footing. I have received the bolting Cloth, but no gudgeons, I suppose in consiquence of low water. however Mr. Higginbotham says he will write to Mr. Jefferson to forward them on by a waggon. Mr. Steward has done nothing to the Mill Irons as yet for want of coal nothing more has been done to the Dam, but some stone raised.
I am with respect your Obt. Hble. Servt.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.