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A paper was put into my hands a few days since desiring me to make two distinct proposals relative to the proctorship to the University— 1 st What salary I should require to superintend the buildings at the University with the advantage (exclusively) of boarding the students so soon as a Hotel could be built for that purpose, the fare at which to be prescribed by the visitors, the Proctor to...
In settling some business with M r Garrett to day I find (for the first time I have known it) $200— paid to M r Giacomo Raggi which is that am t more than he should have recieved—- In your statement (to M r Garrett) of M r Appletons acc t May 8 h 1822. You state it thus Proceeds of former remittance $1239 .00 to be paid to Giacomo Raggi 200
The above statement shows the situation of Funds of the University of Virginia to the 31 st March 1826 without breaking in upon the Annuity or borrowing we can’t possibly get on with the buildings and other expences would it not be practicable to borrow $25,000 by pledging, about $3000 of the annuity to pay the interest and the gradual redemption of the Principal? By the fall if the Buildings...
I am sorry I was out of place yesterday when you were here, as I wished to see and take your, wishes & opinion on several subjects, Viz. 1 st On the propriety of substituting tin gutters for Wood over the Dormitories & Flat roofed Pavilions — it takes 26 Feet of gutter to go over the dormitory & that at about 25 cents p r foot for Materials & workmanship will cost $6.50 for each gutter— a box...
* The late heavy drafts to pay the freight and other charges on the Marble Bases & Capitels from Italy for the Rotunda, has reduced the funds of the Institution so that nothing remains but the Library & Apparatus fund—The Professors will now all want money in a few days, shall I borrow of that fund to supply their wants? to be replaced when the annuity of 1826 is rec d —. – As soon as...
I herewith return you M r Dawsons Sketch Balance Sheet of the Books of the University of Virginia up to the 1 st of October corrected, the error was not in the books as was supposed by M r Dawson, but in the Balance Sheet taken by M r Watson, to whom I pointed out the error on wednesday last. the books are balanced up to the 1 st Oct: within one quarter of a cent. most respectfully P.S. I will...
Captain Perry wishes to raise about $2000.00 to meet his engagements with a M r Lewis a gentleman of Kentucky who is now in the neighbourhood waiting on him—the Bursar being without funds he has no chance of obtaining that sum unless you will be so obliging as to give the Bursar a draft on the President & directors of the Literary fund for the am t wanted, I have no wish to draw the value of...
As M r Gorman is about to commence with the back steps of the Rotunda it is necessary that the plan should be posatively fixed on, I therefore wish to know your wishes on the subject. I have layed down several plans if you approve of any one of them mark the one you like best or send a plan that you like better than any one of them—If the earth is removed from steps, it will make the flight 13...
I send my son and nephew up, with a letter from Col: Peyton for your perusal and to enquire into the State of your health which I hope is mending, Col P. States that the caps are all the bank of the Bason ready for shipment, but that the boatmen are all afraid to try them, will it not be best to order the Ionic caps to scots landing and let Corinthian alone untill we can get a sufficing of...
Will you do me the favor if not attended with too much inconvenience to send me down this evening or in the morning early the dimentions of the East range of Pavilions I wish to lay them off before I return to Rich d , or must I be governed by the size of Pavilion N o 1 which you handed me? I think we had better employ stone cutters by the piece & not by the day, by advertising the quantity of...
I herewith return you the papers left with me after the last meeting of the Visitors with a copy of the Proctors account made out since for you to retain—I must beg permission to call your attention to the price fixed on for the board of the students, I fear the low rate of board the first year will have a tendancy to deter those that we should like to engage in it from offering their...
You will see from the within, I have brought M r W. J. Coffee down in his charges for his composition ornaments 50 p r cent, I submit it to your consideration whether it would be prudent or not in the present low state of our finances to order on those ornaments even at this reduced price Most respectfully your Ob t sev t P.S. I shall attend to your letter of to day & send you the statement...
I regret exceedingly at being obliged to trouble you so offen about the affairs of this institution, but circumstances makes it necessary at this time to ask your advice—About a year ago M r Oldham complained of my not settling his bill. his work now is all measured and the bills made out as far as we can agree, a very large portion is yet unsettled and I am inclined to believe we never shall...
Your favor is handed by your servant, the remitance of 45 Dollars to M r Perkins of Baltimore shall be attended to—I am sorry to hear of the cause of your detention, but am much pleased at your being still at Monticello—M r Michael has not shown much disposition towards making an experiment in this stone not having touched it in making arrangements for their board &c, they have expressed much...
Will you be pleased to certify on the enclosed as to M r Tho s Maurys qualifications as a teacher and what reliance may be put in his statements CSmH : Jefferson File.
An estimate of Officers salaries: hire of Labourers and other expences of the University of V a per Annum— For the hire of 15 labourers a 65$p An $975 1 Woman 25 $1000.00 〃 Overseers Wages 150— 〃 Provision, say corn & Bacon for their support 550— 〃 for the support of a four horse team 〃 475 Bushels of Rye a 4/–
In finishing the Library room of the Rotunda in what way do you propose securing it at the head of the stairs? whether by a partition around the well hole of the Stairs and a door in the front of landing or a lobby extending to the rear of the columns next the stairs? I should be glad to have your opinion on the subject.—Dr Emunet I find is much dissatisfied with the proposed arrangement for...
I have not had the last advertisement printed in hand bills or on letter sheets, if you wish it I will have a few struck off—I have several of the notices printed last summer on letter sheets, which with some slight alterations gives all the necessary information—be pleased to say if you will have some of them—If you have examined the survey of the lots for the Professors &c, be pleased to let...
Your two letters p r the last mail is this moment rec d (5 OClock P.M.) the one enclosing a Df t on the President of the literary fund for eight hundred and forty dollars shall be attended as soon as possible, I should have been with you ’ere this but for the hope and expectation of the arrival of M r Ware and his hands, at any rate I shall be with you by the 8 th CSmH : Jefferson File.
Your favor of the 13 th was rec d last night, from the contents of it I presume my letter of the 12 th was not sufficiently explicit on some points to be correctly understood in the way that I intended it should be, you will therefore please excuse my again troubling you on the subject—It was not my intention to claim additional compensation for any business wherein this institution itself was...
Mess rs Dinsmore & Neilson is pressing me very hard for money they want about $4000—by refering to a statement of the Funds sent you up to the 31 st March, you will find we have but little money except the annuity—unless some arrangement has been made I do not know, how the wants of Dinsmore & Neilson are to be supplied—The expences of the Transportation of the Marble from Richmond is heavy &...
Since my return from Richmond I have seen a letter from the Postmaster General to M r Winn Postmaster of Charlottesville where in he proposes to establish a branch of Charlottesville Post Office here by deputy and names me as a suitable person for the appointment, M r Winn has offered me the appointment of deputy here which I rejected, for the following reasons. He offered me one half of the...
Dr Blaetterman has purchased of M r Raggi his alabaster & Marble ornaments left with me and has drawn on me for $100 in favor of M r Raggi—I advanced M r Raggi when he left this to return to Italy which he states was paid to M r Appleton, is there any such credit in M r A. accounts? if not I must hold on fifty dollars of Dr: Blaettermans order for the sum advanced him most respectfully CSmH .
I have this moment rec d your two favors of the 29 t & 1 st as I was disappointed in geting a pump borer. I set our over seer & hands at and have actually gotten some hundred feet pored, but a new difficulty has arisen the spring that was said to be so good has almost entirely dried up, we must therefore get water before we employ M r Wade—I have had M r Perrys improvements valued he now...
I enclose you my report of the general state and condition of the University with my estimates of what will be required to complete the buildings and a statement of the am t drafts since 1 st Oct: 1820 to the present time—I hope this will meet your views. I have not had time make out more than one copy of the report if another should be wanting will make it after the meeting of the visitors...
I send you Doctor Emmets statement of the value of his apparatus ($500) which he wishes the University to take, he is anxious to have it ex amined by competent persons immediately, and before it is much used—if it’s your wish and intention that it should be purchased for the University you will please say who shall examine it, & if found to be worth the ($500) asked for it am I to pay him out...
I have a letter from M r Coffee stating his prices for the ornaments for the Corinthian cornice in the room intended for the Museum—I think them extravagantly high, he puts down the leaf of the Modilion in Putty composition at 40 ½ cents and in his composition (the baked earth we have heretofore gotten of him) at 28c—in lead 56c for each leaf For the Frize ornaments in Putty composition 3....
I beg leave to suggest the propriety of having a Post Office established here (if it be practicable) it will not only be a great convenience to the Professors & students, but may be attended with other good consiquences by keeping the students as much out of Charlottesville as possible—It will only be necessary to have a carrier between Charlottesville & this place two or three times a week...
I find by your favor of the 7 t I did not express myself in a way to be unstood by you relative to the finish at the head of the stairs of the Rotunda—Without a partition at the head of the stairs any person entering the building, will have free access to the Library—there is nothing to prevent it from the Basement to the library room—as the lower part of the building will be in use,...
Mess rs Thorn & Chamberlain are this day begining to lay the bricks of the attic of the Rotunda; had we not as well put reservoirs in the two North corners of the Attic by arching over the present openings, thereby making the reservoirs nearly the depth of the Attic and as large in diameter as the space will admit of, the water from thence may be thrown (in case of Fire) to any part of the...
I expected to have had the pleasure of delivering the enclosed letters in person, but unexpected business has prevented it, if there is any prospect of my being usefully & profitably employed at the University you will please inform me—If materials are easily come at I would probably become a large under taken, the salary of the Proctor alone I fear would not be a sufficient inducement and...
An Estimate of the cost of the Rotunda as far as the contracts that have been made towards the completion of it go. Am t Paid for Materials for the brick work $6905.47 “p ⅌ Thorn & Chamberlain for the work— 2856.25 9,761.72 “ To complete the brick work of the Lbrary & Terras Say 1,000.00 Am t Contract with G. Raggi for 10 Bases & 2 Pilaster bases } 715.00 Cost of Capetels in Italy Say
I here with send you the Bill of James Oldham against the Rector & myself and my answer to it for your perusal and to answer such parts as you may think proper on the part of the Rector it is necessary for my answer to be filed in the Chancery court by the 10 th day of the court (25 th of the present month) therefore you will see the necessity of returning it as soon as possible CSmH .
I understand from M r Garrett he has obtained checks for what money there is now in the Banks to the credit of the Rector & Visitors of U. V a and that no arrangement has been made to borrow more money— I have already given drafts to the am t of what is placed in the bursars hands reserving a little for contingent expences—the wants of our suffering Mechanicks induces me to ask of you if no...
I must beg leave to refer to you for instruction, on the following minor subjects 1 st Smoke houses; they have been called for by two Professors. Am I to build them for all that require them? 2 nd Woodyards; D r D. calls for one upon the outside of his enclosure at the public expence if he is furnished with one each of the Professors will demand the same privilege, if they are furnished with...
I have rec d your favor of the 17 th with respect to the Post Office if established here, it will be kept at Hotel B . the nearest to public road I have the honor to be with the highest respect your CSmH .
I have the pleasure of announcing to you the arrival of the Corinthian and Ionic Capitels of Marble ordered from Italy all of which are in their proper places without the smallest accident to them except the breaking off of a small part of one of the leaves of one of the Corinthians before it was unpacked but which has been carefully put on—I find them finished agreeable to your instructions...
I send you the proctors acc t for sums paid from april to october last. also a statement of what is due from the University V a to Undertakers for Nov: 1822 and all New proposals I have received for the work of the Library as yet. Mess rs Dinsmore & Neilson I suppose will hand in proposals for all the woodwork:—I have had some conversation with F & Chamberlain the Philadelphia brick layers...
Permit me to ask you when we shall probably get any more money, for our creditors here— I can assure I am harassed almost out of my life—After deducting the following large debts there is but little left to pay to the undertakers. I have already accepted more of their drafts then there are funds in the bursars hands. debts now to be paid on. D. W & C Warwick for Tin $969.75 To. John Van Lew &...
I have rec d your letter of the 27 th and shall attend to the contents—M r Ware writes me from Philadelphia that the vessel he intends coming round in will sail on the 26 th I look for him daily and shall accompany him and his brickmakers &c up, or be there about the same time, he states, Stone cutters can be had for $1.50 ⅌ day by paying their expences from Philadelphia to the University, I...
An Estimate of the cost of the rasing floor & roofing of a House 40 by 50 feet 2500 ft Joists 6 by 8 of oak a $40 pr $100.00 1500 ft Rafters of Pine Collar beams & ashler studing a $30 45.00 2800 ft Sheeting plank a $15 pr 42.00 52 Squares of Framing in rasing floor & roof joists } 78.00 to be 6 inches apart—Rafters 2 ft from center
M r Nelson has come over to do the work of Pavilion N o 5– Before I knew it was your and General Cockes intention that M r Nelson should h ave Pavilion 5, I had made an arrangement with a young man to do a part of the work and he has gone on to collect materials and prepare for the making the window frames for the Cellar & first story, the only part except the first floor of Joists, and the...
The bearer of this M r Nathaniel Chamberlain has requested me to give him a recommendatory letter which I take pleasure in doing—M r Chamberlain was one of the Undertakers of the Brickwork of the Rotunda you well know the stile in which that work is executed both for buty and strength. in addition to his being a first rate bricklayer, he has management and skill in conducting business, is a...
I arrived here on the 25 th with my family and as M r Perry will not give up the house yet I am under the necessity of boarding them at M r Laports untill I can get possession, it is attended with considerable inconvenience and expence— I this evening received your letter of the 17 th with the inclosures—M r Gorman arrived yesterday I shall employ him, as the stone cutters we have know but...
Judge Dade I am informed resides near Dumfries Prince William County— I trust we have not deviated so much from M c Adams roadmaking sistem as to make it necessary to do the work over again as before the receipt of your favor I discovered the error in puting on the rock before it was broken and yesterday chainged the plan by laying it on the road side for the purpose of breaking it before it...
I wish to get the ground immediately around the University surveyed in order to get the lots of the Professors & Hotel Keepers layed off to the best advantage, I can get some of the young gentlemen here (that understand surveying) to assist me if you will do me the favor of lending me your compass & chain they shall be taken particular care of, and returned immediately after the work is...
I must beg leave to suggest some few alterations in the arcade in front of Hotel A without altering the height of the building, as the span of the arch is 6 feet and the arches in front of the adjoining dormitories are only 5. F. 4 I it requires 4 inches more height for the arcade in front of the Hotel than those in front of the dormitores, I think it will look better to let the entablature of...
I send you an acc t of Gowan & Marx of London handed in by M r Gilmer where in you will see there is a Balance due the U. V a £41.1.6 sterling—& their letter to M r Gilmer—I also send you a letter from D r Boswell informing us of his having forward’d the 2 Boxes of Minerals the receipt of which you have been informed of—I have replied to his letter acknowledging the receipt of the minerals &...
I herewith send you a copy of the Register of the Students of the University V a up to this date—Ten or twelve of the Number are anxious to be informed when the Professor of Law will get here—I do suppose that some of them will return home if there is not a probability of the Professorship being filled in a short time—can I give them any assurance of Judge Barbours having accepted the...
Enclosed you will find my duplicate reports in the first report I had made an error in the addition, it should have been $59.158.81. instead of $49.158.81 in consequence of that error I have varied the form of report, but making the balance required to complete the buildings nearly the same, I hope it will make no difference in the report made by the visitors you will find I have layed on 25 P...