Charlottesville Jany. 7th 1806
inclosd you will recive a note from Mr Dinsmore testifying the number of Bricks that I laid for you their is more Bricks laid than you supposd it would take to do your work owing to the Stone work of the Chimney being taken down and built with Brick as it will not suit you to pay Money until about the first of march I must try and wate until that time—I am Sorry that your price for Brown is more than I can afford to give as he apears to be verry anxious that I should buy him on account of the connection between him and my girl I would give Five hundred dollars for him or a boy as likely, and one hundred Dollars to boot on account of his trade though his trade will be no advantage to me as I shall never Carry it on If you will take the five hundred dollars that I offer or make the exchange you will let me know and if you prefer the exchange as soon as I can get a boy that will suit I will make it—I start in the morning to lexington Va where you will please to diret your letter if you should write to me—
I am Si Yr Obst
MHi: Coolidge Collection.
Jany 3d 1806
The Subscriber hath Measured the Brick work done by John Jordan, for Thomas Jefferson at Monticell and finds it to contain twenty Eight thousand Eight hundred & Eighty Bricks—