Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jones & Howell, 20 September 1806

Monticello Sep. 20. 06.

Messrs. Jones & Howell

I shall very shortly have occasion for a considerable quantity of sheet copper, proper for covering cornices & making gutturs, which I presume should be of the thinnest kind to be had. I think that what I purchased for those uses antiently did not weigh more than half a pound or thereabouts to the square foot. as the price of sheet copper to the square foot will determine me as to the quantity I shall take, I ask the favor of you to inform me of the prices & the weight to the square foot of the thinnest kinds of sheets. the breadths I should want be such as would cut into breadths of 12.I. with the least loss. on reciept of your letter I shall send a note of what I conclude to call for, to be forwarded immediately. I salute you with friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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