Fauquier C H Oct 12th 1807
On the evening when I had the pleasure of seeing you, in this place on your way to Monticello, I had so violent an head-ache, as to be almost incapable of conversation, and being obliged to retire to rest, could not in the morning recollect the name of the person, by whom your Spectacles were made. You will therefore highly oblige by enclosing his address to me at this place.—
At the same time I shall be still further obliged if you will enclose the form of them in the letter, by running a pencil round their extremities, as they shall lay on the paper; my reason for this last request, is that Mr Baker the post Master, at this place, is of opinion, that upon the sight of the pattern, he could make as good apr as those made in philadelphia, in which case, the payment would be easier to me, as it would be made in the line of my profession.—
I should Sr gladly have embraced, the offer you was pleased to make me of staying at Monticello, in order to copy some of your paintings, but that I found my immediate wants, called upon me to continue, as yet, in the practice of portrait painting, as being a more certain though not so pleasing an employment.
With apologies for the trouble I am now giving, I remain with every becoming sentiment
Yr Obliged Hble St
W. J. Alldridge
Is Monticello house finished, & if finished, are the walls painted in Fresco?—of which I remember you once spoke to me.—
MHi: Coolidge Collection.