Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Commissioners of the Federal District, 15 August 1793

To the Commissioners of the Federal District

Philadelphia Aug. 15. 1793.


By this day’s post I have the honour to return the drawings of the Capitol which had been left here in order to have an estimate made; I send also that estimate, together with the rates of the different work, as made by a skilful workman here. The sum total it is supposed will enable you to form some idea of the whole cost of your building, as there is a tolerably well-known proportion between the cost of the walls of a building, and it’s whole cost; and the rates will serve as information perhaps in contracts which you may have to make hereafter. I have the honor to be with great respect Gentlemen, Your most obedt & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Commissioners of Washington.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL); misdated 13 Aug. 1793. Tr (DNA: RG 42, DCLB).

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