Richmond 9th. June 1807
The wreck’d articles were forwarded to Milton yesterday.—The boxes were found to be right, there having been 15, exclusive of Mr. Burwells—no bill of lading came with them, or the mistake would not have been made.—I omitted in my hurry to take the numbers of the 3 missing casks, to enable you to replace the articles they contained.
The mill stones have likewise been received & forwarded.—Some porter & ale shipped by Hare & Son of Philadelphia in Apl has never come to hand.
I fear the Coal cannot be forwarded.—H & S inform me that they do not think they can get a Vessel to take so small a quantity.
I urged them to endeavor to get it in with some other persons, but they raise difficulties about the measure falling greatly short &c, so that I apprehend they will not do it.—they say they are shipping some for the Treasury department, & recommend your borrowing, & returning it when you get your Winters supply.—If you do not like to do this, I fear you will have to purchase as you can get it in Washington.—Indeed I am beginning to apprehend that these people are backward in shipping coal for others, with the view of making sales there themselves.
I am Dear Sir Yr. Very humble Servt.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.