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Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1 November 1817

To Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Monticello Nov. 1. 17.

Dear Sir

I cannot promise that even this shall be the last trouble I shall give you on the subject of our Central college; for indeed I have nobody else to appeal to. we have agreed to give to our Carpenters & housejoiners the prices stated in the Philadelphia Builder’s price book, with such a percent on them as is habitually allowed there for the advance of prices since the date of that book. we are told that Folwell had published a spurious edition of that book, which occasioned the society of Carpenters to publish a genuine one; but that this is very reservedly suffered to go out, & therefore difficult to be obtained. can you advise me how to procure a copy of this edition, and inform me what is the advance on it’s prices now habitually allowed? ever & sincerely yours

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I have Evans’s Washington Price book

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of William Wirt to TJ, 9 Sept. 1817; adjacent to signature: “B. H. Latrobe esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

Richard folwell printed the House Carpenters’ Book of Prices, and Rules, for Measuring and Valuing all their different kinds of Work (Philadelphia, 1801). John evans’s work was The Builder’s Universal Price Book (Washington, 1804; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 6 [no. 243]).

Index Entries

  • Articles of the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia: and their Rules for measuring and valuing House Carpenters Work search
  • books; of builders’ prices search
  • Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia; Articles of the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia: and their Rules for measuring and valuing House Carpenters Work search
  • Central College; builders for search
  • Evans, John; The Builder’s Universal Price Book search
  • Folwell, Richard; House Carpenters’ Book of Prices, and Rules, for Measuring and Valuing all their different kinds of Work search
  • House Carpenters’ Book of Prices, and Rules, for Measuring and Valuing all their different kinds of Work (R. Folwell) search
  • Latrobe, Benjamin Henry; and builders’ prices search
  • Latrobe, Benjamin Henry; letters to search
  • Philadelphia; builders’ prices in search
  • The Builder’s Universal Price Book (J. Evans) search
  • Washington, D.C.; builders’ prices in search