Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 26 September 1807

Monticello Sep. 26. 07.

Dear Sir

Your two letters of Aug. 9. & Sep. 21. were duly recieved: and altho’, according to the latter I may expect your servant tomorrow, if you succeed in the purchase of the horse, yet as mr Coles is now here & proposes to go by the way of Eppington I think it surest to answer by him. I have had your table, copying press & bust well packed in a box, and as I am sure it would be agreeable to mrs Eppes to have the harpsichord at Eppington I have had that also packed & shall send both boxes to mr Higginbotham to be forwarded to G. Jefferson from whom you will recieve them. the bust has been broke off, by some accident, at the neck. it may be easily mended with white lead, & if placed where it cannot be touched under a twelvemonth it will be secure after that. there are here 3. presses of yours. one an elegant mahogany one, another very plain mahogany, old, the 3d. one of the old clumsy walnut presses formerly mr Wayles’s. I have not sent them because I did not know if you would wish them at Eppington. they shall be sent to Richmond whenever you direct. the Walnut one perhaps is hardly worth the case & carriage. should you have bought the horse & not sent him perhaps mr Coles would prefer him to the stage in going to Washington. I set out for that place on the 30th. & shall be happy to recieve yourself & Francis there, & to find you both in good health. nothing can be more uncertain then the two events you mention, the acquisition of the Floridas, & peace with England. this last is perfectly cross & pile. present my warm & unchangeable affections to mr & mrs Eppes and be assured of the same to yourself.

Th: Jefferson


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