Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 7 February 1822

University Va Feb: 7th 1822

Dear Sir,

Permit me to ask you when we shall probably get any more money, for our creditors here— I can assure I am harassed almost out of my life—After deducting the following large debts there is but little left to pay to the undertakers. I have already accepted more of their drafts then there are funds in the bursars hands. debts now to be paid

  on. D. W & C Warwick for Tin $969.75
To. John Van Lew & co for hardware 717.20
B. & Harvie for Nails 1197.00
E. Lowher for Painting & Materials say. 500.00
Bonds for hire laborers last year 988.50
Blackford, Arthur & Co for Stoves & Weights 301 93
Balance of the $8000 in Bursars hands 3325.62

The above debts I suppose must be paid as most of articles were purchased at a specified time—and is now due. for the undertakers I have accepted for lumber & work largely over the above balance of $3.325.62 not recollecting the amt I should have to pay for the above articles—If it be practicable to get seven or eight thousand more in a short time it would be a great accommodation to the undertakers here I am Dr Sir yours most respectfully

A. S. Brockenbrough


In order to æconomize I have directed the Hotels on the western street to be finished without internal Cornices or entablatures—If you wish them otherwise you will please instruct me to that effect please let me hear tomorrow—

A. S B—h.

CSmH: Jefferson File.

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