Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Lenthall, 1 August 1806

Report of the State of the work on the south wing of the Capitol. August 1st. 1806.


Seven Column Capitals Set on the East and the Architrave over Six of them.

In the Recess the freestone is set to the average height of 6 feet above the Cornice of the ground Story


have turned the whole of the western lobby Arch together with the two arches over the Gally staircase and the NWt. Corner room and backed the whole level with the top of the frieze ready for setting the Cornice

In the Recess, the walls are raised to an average of five feet in height above the principal floor.

Carpenters Work

All the sash frames for the Office story are made and fixed in except the 3 center windows which cannot be put in until the freestone work on which they must rest is set, no part of which is yet prepared all the sashes for the Office story are finished ready for the glazier except that they want fitting in the frames. Three Windows and fourteen Doors are finished ready for the plaisterers. 8 Doors Cks. Office 4 in the Antechambers & 4 in the E Comme. rooms The little Comme. room on the East is quite ready for plaistering

There are 4 Venetian Doors for the Corridors made, & two of them fixed compleat with their sashes, Imposts Mouldings &c. the other 2 are fitting up.—

On the 21st July, the setting in the Hall of Reprs ceased for want of the necessary blocks, as heretofore Stated.—on the 22d & 23d came up 2 Vessels which brought a part of what is first wanted, on the 27th. the Setting recommenced, and has progressed as before–mentioned—36 Blocks of the Capitals and 6 of the Architrave are yet wanted from the quarries, all of which together with the whole of the frieze must be set before there is a possibility of at all proceeding to Arch the Eastern lobby. On the 24th I found it necessary to reduce the number of Masons & bricklayers from 22 to 10 and the laborers in proportion; reserving the most useful hands,—these three days have had only 9, & I fear it will be necessary to reduce the number still lower which is very disagreeable.—they go away murmuring, & being squandered about in search of other employ, am apprehensive the necessary number will not be easily collected again when wanted. Mr Latrobe is not yet come on. have received a letter from him dated July 23d wherein he says he is endeavoring to procure Stone Cutters &c

On the 22d I wrote to him & requested the necessary Drawings, or instructions in writing how he intends to finish the Circular Vestibule & Stairs in the recess &c if I had these details I could manage somewhat better with the Masons but having received no Answer, I fully expect that he is either on his way, or that something extraordinary has happened.

I am Sir Your Obdt Servt For BH Latrobe

Jno. Lenthall

PS. I have enquired of Mr Andrei the probable cost of the Ornament of the Monument of Lysecrates executed in freestone five feet high. He says to do the necessary modeling & execute the thing well he thinks would require twelve months


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