To Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Monticello Aug. 7. 17.
I wrote on the 3d in answer to your’s of the 24th July. that of the 28th is delivered to me just as I am setting out for Bedford to be absent 6. weeks. after the date of mine to you on the subject of the Stone cutter, we had a meeting of our visitors who supposing you had full employment for all your hands desired me to write to Leghorn for a stone cutter, which I have done. the qualification I have required is the being able to cut an Ionic capital. we shall finish our Doric pavilion by the 1st April, and shall then begin the Ionic one, & after that the Corinthian. possibly our workmen may not be equal to this Capital, & if so and you can spare then mr Johnson, we may ask him of you to do the Corinthian work. the ornaments of the frize of all of them I propose to have of lead. I have been fortunately able to get a bricklayer who makes & lays the oil stock brick, a capital hand. I hope we shall recieve in time some sketches of fronts from you. a thousand preparatives for my journey oblige me to place here the renewal of my assurances of esteem & respect.
PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; torn at seal, with five words rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “B. H. Latrobe esq.”; endorsed by TJ.
The bricklayer was probably David Knight.
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