Philadelphia July 4h. 1806
I had the favor of your letter of the 1st. of July yesterday evening & have immediately taken the necessary steps to procure 6 Stonecutters,—but as this is the Anniversary of our Independence I have found it impossible to procure the attention of anybody today. Tomorrow, I expect to be able to make sure of as many as the city can spare. I have called the Master Stonecutters together, & have stated to them, that they must assist me, otherwise I shall by advertisements offer irresistible terms to their Men.—I have a complaint which has occasioned my Stay here, which I fear is in the Bladder. My Trunks have been in Baltimore for near Three weeks. I shall come on myself in 4 days from hence. That time will be required to get the Men collected.
In very great haste Yours most faithfully
B Henry Latrobe
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.