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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...
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.
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 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 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 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 .
Total Number of Students during the Session of 1827.8.———131— I recd. a letter from Mr Trist pr last mail requesting me to send you aggregate number of matriculations the last session. The State of the schools was before sent which included the students attending Dr Dn. on Medical Jurisprudence With great respect your Ob Sevt RC (DLC) .
Above you have the measurement of dome of the Rotunda above the steps—I also send you a Copy of the contracts for the Hotels that I propose making for your inspection and amendments. Measurement of the Dome from the top of the last step to the center of the Sky light 27 feet 5 inches. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
You are under a mistake as to any remittances being made to M r Vaughan in September last for the two M r Raggis, our funds were at so low a state at that time the remittance of 300D. could not be made, no remittance was made untill Feb: & that for $400– by yourself I have never had any correspondence with M r Vaughan on the subject, the $400 in Feb: as I understand was to bring in the wives...
I am informed you wish a tuscan Cornice put up within the arcade at Hotel B– with a view to œconomise. I directed the interior of the Hotels to be finished without cornices, and intended to bring down the ceiling of the arcade of Hotel B & finishit without a cornice, but if you prefer the cornice I will direct it to be done you will please let me know soon in what way it shall be done— CSmH :...
A. S. Brockenbrough presents his respects to M r Jefferson & begs leave to introduce to his acquaintance M r Whiston of Fredericksburg he has been up viewing the University and has a particular wish of seeing your establishment, as it will probably be the only opportunity he will ever have of seeing it, it being his intention to leave Virginia for the North in a short time CSmH : Jefferson File.
Rec d of M r Thomas Jefferson one hundred & fifty dollars via Machum to be placed to his credit on acc t of his subscription to the central College DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Dollars For Duty on 18 cases of Marble Capitels Invoiced at 1913.00 10 p Cent addition 191 $2104 Duty on 2104 Dollars 15 p Cent ad valorem $315.60 discount for prompt payment a 4 p C t 9.92 Am t of Duty paid on the Marble } 305.68 imported in 1823 CSmH .
I should be glad to know, what I am to make Students coming at this time pay for Dormitory and University rent—whether a dedication is to be made or whether they are to pay rent as for the whole session—Some Law Students will be coming in soon and I wish to be informed on the subject before they get here, your Opinion as soon as possible is requested CSmH .
Rec d of M r Jefferson seventeen dollars 70 cents for a keg of Nails, Waggonage & a parcel Nails by M r Brooks 9½ ce Nails for M r Jefferson C t 1 Keg Nails 139–11– 15. –9 Keg 25
I have fallen short about 60 sheets of Tin of the quantity wanting, if you will be so good as to loan me that quantity I will return it, as soon as I can get a box from Richmond, by leting it come in your cart that comes for the Cuting machine you will oblige Sir your ob t Sev t CSmH : Jefferson File.
$5000. Sixty days after date, for value recieved, I promise to pay to the order of Thomas Jefferson Rector of the University of Virginia Five thousand dollars, without offset, negociable and payable at the Farmers bank of Virginia. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
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
May I ask the favor of your advise, how to act on the subject of the board of the Students in consiquence of the suspension of the exercises of the schools at the University from the 6th February to the 1st of April—Up to what time should board be required of the Student? In most cases where I have settled since this suspension—I have retained board for the month of February, and only required...
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...
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 RC
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...
I have been called on by the professors for smoke houses, wood yards &c, but from the present state of the funds it is evident nothing can be done for them, with respect to their houses and enclosures is it not intended by the Visitors that they should keep them in order at their individual expence and not at the expense of the institutionl, having had a little difference with a member of the...
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...
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...
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 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...
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 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,...
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 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 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 &...
After the resignation of Major Spottswood I appointed Mr John N Rose Hotel Keeper. But as Mr Rose was not entirely prepared to take charge of the Hotel immediately, I have made an arrangement with him, that Major Spottswood should continue as Hotel Keeper untill the end of this Session. He is then to be appointed and to take charge of one of the Hotels with the approbation of the Board of...
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 tuched it , in making arrangements for their board &c,
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