JEFFERSON, THOMAS. 1743-1826.
Autograph Letter Signed (Th: Jefferson), 1 p, oblong 8vo, Monticello, May 18, 1817, to Mr. Leschot, regarding watch repair, page mildly toned, creased, some separation at folds with small loss to text, cello-tape repairs to verso.
Jefferson writes this letter to Louis Leschot, a Swiss watchmaker in Charlottesville who is best remembered for having collaborated with Jefferson on the great clock in the entrance hall at Monticello. In this note, Jefferson asks Leschot to repair a watch for his friend, French writer Louis H. Girardin. In part: Mr. Girardin, a French literary gentleman, & friend of mine, living near Staunton, called on me on his way to Richmond, having a repeating watch which he valued much, but which had been much injured by ignorant workmen, he left her with me, on my advice, to get the favor of you to repair her, for which purpose I send her by the bearer. He will call on you about Saturday or Sunday next, on the hope you will be able by that time to have repaired her. He is a gentleman of great worth, and his acquaintance in Staunton will enable him to serve you there. Jefferson closes by extending an open-ended invitation for the Leschots to visit Monticello.