Monticello Apr. 14. 07.
You will recollect that I wished yourself & your colleagues to reconsider the question whether the Western road should pass through Uniontown or Brownesville. this I did because you told me the Commissioners had decided very hesitatingly in favor of it’s passing through Brownesville, & I thought myself it was going out of it’s true course. but I wished you, on reconsideration, to decide according to your own judgment. I presume from the inclosed that the law has passed the Pennsva legislature in the form communicated by mr Dorsey. the wish of that legislature, with your own doubts & mine in favor of Union town must decide in favor of that place. but you will still reconsider whether it should go through Brownsville also and act according to what yourselves decide, unmoved by private sollicitations. I think the commissioners should proceed in time to have the whole appropriation laid out this year.
For the actual execution of the work, I must beg your superintendance; on the assurance that such an allowance shall be made you as is reasonable, & this shall be fixed on my return to Washington where I can consult yourself as well as others. I salute you with friendship & respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.