Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 14 July 1807

Washington, July 14th. 1807

Dear Sir,

The important business which engages you, induces me to anticipate what I presume to be one of the objects of your wish to see me,—namely to explain to you the state of the fund for the south wing of the Capitol:—

My estimate (from memory) stood thus

South wing 25.000.—
Due from the North wing, at least 5,000—
From the Offices of State, War, {—3,000
Navy, Port and city—
   Contingencies (I think) 5,000
Which last I added to the whole amt of my estimate, intending it as applicable to outdoor arrangement at the Southwing            

24,000 odd, are expended.—

I am now engaged in making out correctly & in detail the accts of the Southwing against the other departments of expenditure, & expect to have fully sufficient to compleat the Work.

I have begun operations in the Northwing & shall be forward with all my drawings in a day or two. I will wait on you this evening or tomorrow morning early.

I am with high respect Yrs.

B H Latrobe

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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