Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Philip Norborne Nicholas, 11 August 1800

To Philip Norborne Nicholas

Monticello Aug. 11. 1800

Dear Sir

Having omitted for some days to turn my attention to your plan, when I reverted to it, some particulars of your desire had so escaped my memory that I could not recall them. be so good as to drop me a line stating what rooms are indispensable, & what more would be desireable. also what sizes would suit you best for a dining room & parlour, & particularly the former; for I believe you were satisfied for the latter with the 22. f. octagon in P. Carr’s plan. will not your stay in the county, or your journies to or from it procure us the pleasure of seeing you? it will always be a sincere one. Affectionate salutations from

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

Sep. 17. apprehending the original has miscarried, I send you a duplicate of the above. I wish you could see a particular construction for your middle room, now going on here, which would be a great beauty, and is very simple & easy; tho’ without seeing it, you may apprehend difficulty & reject it.


Dupl (ViU); at head of text: “Duplicate”; addressed: “Philip Norborne Nicholas esq.”; endorsed by Nicholas.

Nicholas’s most recent extant letter to TJ is dated 2 Feb. 1800 and contains no mention of a plan. TJ recorded in SJL a letter from Nicholas of 15 Sep. 1800 received on 25 Sep., and also letters to Nicholas of 17 Sep. and 24 Oct. None of these letters has been found.

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