Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 2 May 1808

Capitol, May 2d. 1808


Since I dispatched my letter of this morning, I have gone over with Mr Lenthall the papers in the office, & the following is the result.

 Our large stone has cost $1.75 per perch such as we have always used at the Capitol; but small stone fit for the Wall, if mixed with larger, may be had at $1.12½, say with Waste, and laying up close, $1.30

One man will lay a perch of Wall & point it on both sides per day & no more he must be a good hand to do that Wages per day 1.66
Our Mortar i.e sand & lime hauling included cost us from 70 cts. to 75 per perch .70
Hauling the Stone   .37½

There are a thousand inconveniences & losses attending this long stretch of Work to which no other is liable.

We already begin to suffer so much by the carrying off Lumber in the night, that I cannot help thinking that a Marine Guard, day & night, will be absolutely necessary. Last winter even, altho’ all our Lumber was inclosed we were very much robbed.

With the highest respect I am Yrs. faithfully

BH Latrobe

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