Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 12 October 1819

University October 12th 1819

Dear Sir

Mr Nelson has come over to do the work of Pavilion No 5– Before I knew it was your and General Cockes intention that Mr Nelson should have Pavilion 5, I had made an arrangement with a young man to do a part of the work and he has gone on to collect materials and prepare for the making the window frames for the Cellar & first story, the only part except the first floor of Joists, and the inside finishing doors & windows of the first story engaged to him—I am certainly desirous that Mr Nelson should have the Pavilion, but having made this previous engagement with a Mr Spooner for the above part of the work I feel myself bound to let him go on with it that far, but Mr Nelson in a very cerly mood refuses to let him go on with any part of the work, the work was given to this young man, without my knowing Mr Nelson was to execute any part of it and again in order that the brick work might not be delayed a moment—You will see Mr Nelson this morning, I must beg the favor of you (as he is not disposed to hear any thing I have to say on the subject) to explain to him the situation of the business—If you think I must discard this young man not with standing the expence & trouble he has been at to provide materials & prepair the work, I will do so, otherwise I shall let him go on with the part engaged to him as it does not or will not interfere with Mr Nelsons part of the work—as to the execution of it I have no fear of it’s not being well done—as soon as your health will permit I shall be glad to hear from you on this subject—wishing you a speedy recovery

I am Sir most respectfully your Obt Servt

A. S. Brockenbrough

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