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Thomas Jefferson to James Oldham, 8 April 1819

To James Oldham

April 8–19—

Th Jefferson sends to Mr Oldham an acceptance of his offer to undertake a pavilion, at the printed Philadelphia prices without the discount offered by him—he1 sends him a drawing of the pavilion No 1 allotted to him, and wishes him to take a copy for his own use so that Th. J. may receive back his own on his return from Bedford, say at the next Court—the master workmen may lodge in the Dormitories themselves and the under workmen in the cellars of the Dormitories—

Tr (ViU: Oldham Papers); in the hand of chancery court clerk William S. Eskridge; dateline at foot of text; exhibit B conjoined with Tr of Oldham’s Bill of Complaint against the University of Virginia Board of Visitors and Proctor, [before 26 Sept. 1825]. Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure: TJ’s Agreement to Hire Oldham for Work on University of Virginia, 8 Apr. 1819. Enclosed in Oldham’s Bill of Complaint.

Oldham had recently offered “to undertake the carpenters and Joiners worke of one of the Buildings” at the University of Virginia at a discount of “5 ⅌ cent below the Standard refured to” in its advertisement for workmen (Oldham to Nelson Barksdale, Charlottesville, 3 Apr. 1819 [RC in ViU: Oldham Papers]). While the specific drawing of the pavilion no 1 enclosed here has not been identified, a sheet consisting of TJ’s final elevation and specifications for the structure is in ViU: TJP (see Frederick Doveton Nichols, Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural Drawings [5th ed., 1984], 42 [no. 355]).

1Manuscript: “se.”

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