Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Chris Branch, 20 March 1819

Manchester March 20th 1819.


I have just seen your publication upon the subject of the building, the University for the state of Virginia, and am at a loss to make an offer to undertake a part of the Carpenters, & Joiners work, or the whole, if there is no contract already made. Your remark with regards to a regular system of Charges, being a principle difficult to establish and regulate, is very Just in my opinion; and a reference to the authority nam’d would still present difficulties; therefore have determin’d to propose to undertake particular pieces of work, at a price that we may agree on: For Instance the Door & Window frames, Doors and Sash, (plain & fancy,) If there should be fancy sash wanting, particularly Guilt; they can be made here, with neatness, and by one of the best executive workmen I have ever seen—If I could be supplied with a draft, of the institution, or discib’d in such manner as to enable me to understand it, and at the same time to inform me in what manner the Joiners work is to be done, I could be enabled to calculate the probable cost, of such part as I should be capable of contracting for, and completing in due time

If there is a sufficient quantity of the work not yet contracted for, to make me compensation for the removal of my hands and liberal prices will be allow’d, for a faithful execution of a contract that I may make, will take pleasure in going to Charlottesville to see you upon the subject, and as soon as I can hear from you, will then determine. please to direct any communication you may think proper to make to Manchester Va. and

You will oblige Your Obt Sert

Chris: Branch


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