Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Bevan, 10 September 1819

Kilmarnock Lancaster county Sepr 10th 1819


Having understood that a Painter could be employ’d on the buildings now erecting in Charlottsville, intended for a Seminary &c I have asumed the liberty of soliciting work in the above branch, and to request yr oppinion on the propriety of the design of establishing myself as a Painter in said Town. Your well known liberality, and knowledge of the world, and its minutest concerns in business, will enable you to inform me—and I make no doubt, but, you will honour me with the best information on the subject; which is alone dictated by my moderate circumstances—

My being entirely unacquainted with the undertakers of the work, and not knowing any method so well calculated for full information, I have, I am afraid been troublesome and encroachd on yr time.

With considerations of the highest respect I am Sir Yr Obt Hbe Servt

John Bevan


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