From Thomas Digges
Book store Capitol Hill 28. Octo 
The Bearer is Mr Wm Byrne an ornamental stucco worker & Plasterer whose good Conduct, sobriety, and rectitude I think I can answer for, having known Him as a respectable Tradesman in Ireland as well as in the City. If you have not engagd one for Monticello, I make no doubt but He will ansr. your purpose and be full as reasonable in Charges, & perhaps moreso, than others of His trade hereabouts.
I am in some hopes Mr. Latrobe may employ him at the Capitol; But this will be a job after what you have in contemplation at Monticello
I am with very great esteem & attachment Sir yr obt Serv
RC (MHi); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Nov. and “by Wm. Byrne. plaisterer” and so recorded in SJL.