Poplar forrest July 22th 1808
it is my wish to inform you, how we are coming on with our work at this place we have burnt the bricks, and a fi[reier] kiln I never burnt in my Life, it contains seventy five Thousand we made the bricks for the Basis of the colloms and casts as I thought it would make a better Job than to Have them of wood we are at this time runing the staways, as for the Diging what I showed you at Monticello was a fact I brought my Boys from—albemarle, and made Labours of them, and I set fill to diging, and I mean to keep him at its as Long as I am hear, for I think it as necessary Job as can be Done to the Bilding. I hope you will approve of it when The Starways are done. I meen to run the colloms next Mr Perrey has Laid the flore in west rooms and is now studing the alcove, as soon as he is done that. I shall Bricking and plaister it for your recepttion with a respet to Lasths I can get good price for ash and it will be a very grand exchang for that Perpose and the price is very convenint, if you approve of this Exchange you will please to Let now I hope to see you at Poplar forrust as soon as you make it convenint I am yours with respect
Pleas to fetch me twenty Dollars
MHi: Coolidge Collection.