Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Whiting, enclosing List of Materials for Temporary Buildings at Richmond, 26 June 1779

To Thomas Whiting

In Council June 26th. 1779


At the request of the directors of the public Buildings in Richmond, I am to desire that you will provide for them locks of different kinds fit for house doors, hinges for do., window glass, putty, lathing nails and shells. For the quantities I must refer you to the Directors themselves. I am Sir Your humble Servant,

Th: Jefferson


Memod. for the Board of Trade.

  • 800 feet of Glass-10 by 12.
  • 300 ℔ Putty
  • 500 ℔ of white lead in Kegs ground.
  • 50 Gallons Linseed oil
  • 250000 4d. Nails for lathing
  • 25000 Floaring 20d. brads:
  • 25,000 20d. Nails.
  • 50,000 6d. do.
  • 20,000 10d. do.
  • Six large strong locks—12 pr.
  • strong H. hinges
  • 12 good locks for inside doors
  • Iron plates.
  • These the board of Trade is to Send for, on Acct. of the Directors for removeing Seat of Goverment
  • June 26th. 1779.

RC (CSmH). In a clerk’s hand, signed by TJ. Addressed: “Thomas Whiting Esquire” (a member of the Board of Trade). Enclosure (CSmH), printed herewith.

The Act for the removal of the seat of government was passed on 12 June 1779 (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , May 1779, 1827 edn., p. 44); and on 24 June, Turner Southall, Archibald Cary, Robert Goode, James Buchanan, and Robert Carter Nicholas were appointed directors for the public buildings at Richmond (same, p. 64). The materials here ordered were for the temporary buildings provided for in an amendment to the Act; see the bill as summarized under date of 29 May 1779, above. The offices of the government were moved to Richmond in Apr. 1780 (see Notice of Removal of Executive Office, printed below under 25 Mch. 1780).

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