Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Oldham, 21 June 1819

J. Oldham sends Mer Jefferson the Draughts of the window frames for his consideration. the Dorick of diocletion, baths, chambray is not in the Book of Palladio which I have, and I must aske the favor of Mr Jefferson to lone me the book to lay down my cornice and I will immediately return it safe. I will be thankfull for instructions as respects the ceiling of the Portico which I have to do, those that are now finishing I discover are calculated for the ceilings to finish close down on the Top of the Cap of the Column, this kind of finish it appears to me will have an Aucword affect, but if the ceiling is recest and the architrave of the cornice is returnd on the inside of the Portico it will make a meteriall change in the appearance of the columns, and will come something neare the rule lade down by Palladio for finishing of Porticoes. Our Proctor is not heare, he gave me no positive instructions as to the manor of finish but referred to those that were going on. it is nesary for the scaorting to be made sutable for the finish.


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