Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Munroe, 31 July 1804

Washington 31t July 1804


I beg leave respectfully to submit for your consideration a sketch of our funds and a few remarks relative to the public works now progressing in the City, which I am apprehensive we shall be obliged to discontinue in part or the funds will be exhausted long before the end of the building Season.—

There is now in the Treasury of the $50,000 appropriated } Dollars.
last session, including the $10,000 for which a
requisition has, I presume, been signed at Monticello 20,000
within a few days past, but not yet recd. by me

In T Munroes hands of public monies $6,709
Of which, arose out of City funds $145
Do. remaining of the Appropriation }
of 1803, transferred to the Acct. 5093
of High ways _____ 5,238 1,471
   Unexpended balance of appropriation of 1804 Dl.21,471

which sum of $21,471 is incumbered with the following

demands & necessary reservations to wit       $21,471

Due G Blagdin for Stone Cutting carving & setting $ 2000.
Due to workmen & Labourers at the Capital &
Presidents House, that is, at the Catter Lenoy’s
roll of Carpenters & the men on the roof; for this month 1,700
Reserve for fitting up Library for Ho. of represts. 1000
Do. to pay for rough stone, Lime, sand, scaffold poles
& other articles delivered & not paid for; or contracted to
be delivered—and also for contingent demands now outstanding. 1,500
Do. for Freestone contracted for, say 1700 Tons at
the average of $9 per Ton $15,300
paid on Acct. say     7000 Due about 8,300 14,500

leaving about 7000 Ds. only, on the 1t. of August (tomorrow) to pay workmen, & to defray other expenses not enumerated.—

Blagdins roll of Cutters Carvers & setters it is said will require that sum to keep them at work 2 months & a half on the present establishment—. It occurr’d to me on Saturday last that our funds could not long stand the Expense of the works on the present scale, and I yesterday sent for Messrs Lenthall & Blagdin—. we conversed a good deal on the subject, and the enclosed letter written by Lenthall at my request, for your consideration, contains his ideas. Blagdin & myself supposed it might be best that you would direct that the utmost should be done towards carrying up the external walls as high as possible this fall, and that as there is a great quantity of stone ready for setting it would be well to cease cutting & carving and all internal work and to set all the cut stone as fast as possible—he thinks it probable (and I believe Lenthall also thinks so) that if you Sir deem it eligible the external walls may be very nearly carried up by the end of the season—the works generally, however, are going on as when you left the City, and will continue, till your pleasure is made known on the subject.

Lenthall desires me to ask you, Sir, whether the west side of the cellar wall now digging at the Prests. Ho might not be carried up with thick plank instead of Stone as you contemplate its being taken down whenever the Colonnade between the Offices & Prests House is made—He is not at this time with me, nor shall I see him before the mail closes or I would ask him whether his memdm. by which I make the enquiry be correct, for I did not suppose that if the Colonnade mentioned should be erected it would necessarily require the taking down of that wall—he, however, best knows your ideas concerning it but it is not a matter of much consequence I suppose—I have the Honor to be with the

most respectful considn Sir Yr Ob Hum Servt

Thomas Munroe

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