Capitol Hill, July 7h. 1807
I find considerable difficulty in getting a convenient & short road North of the President’s house, on the principle you proposed the evening before last.—I shall not therefore be able to lay a satisfactory project before You this day. I have in the mean time ordered the Mason’s to proceed Northward with the Wall already begun,—not Southward,—and tomorrow I hope to have something to submit to you.
I have begun my operations in the Northwing and shall not proceed rapidly. The external appearance of the roof will be as in the Southwing.—
With high respect I am Yrs. faithfully
B H Latrobe
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.