April 2d 1826
I contracted with Mr Philip Sturtevant for the carving of the Composite Capitals for the library room at $30 each amounting to the sum of $1200 as appears from Letter No 1 accompanying this—from his letter of the 1st Jany. No 2 you will find he is not satisfied with the contract and asks more pay—I informed him I would not take the responsibility of paying him more than the contract calls for but would lay his claim before the Visitors and if they thought proper to allow it, he should have it, before contracting with Sturtevant I addressed a letter to John Haveland architect of Philadelphia inquiring what such capitals would cost there. His letter (No 3) is his answer to my enquiries wherein he states the lowest offer for such Capitals was $75 each, the additional compensation that Sturtevant requires would be about $300—I should not be for giving him that much more certainly but perhaps the half of it would not be unreasonable as it is considered that the $30. is rather a low price I am Gentlemen Your Obt sevt
A S Brockenbrough
P. S. I have paid $500. towards them
RC (ViU). Addressed to the rector and visitors of the University of Virginia.