Washington Oct. 28. 07
I have considered your proposition ‘to let out as much of the axe-work on the Western road as can be conveniently done along the whole length of the line from Cumberland to Brownsville, and in such parts of it as the Commissioners shall judge it may be advantageously done, leaving the trees which are to be taken out by the roots in the middle part of it which is to be paved,’ and I approve thereof, of which I pray you to give notice to your collegues. I salute you with esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.