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I have recieved a letter from Philadelphia which very much affects our arrangements for this year. mr Ware on whom we relied to come himself and brick bring brickmakers & layers to do a whole range of buildings was it seems under embarrassing circumstances, & on it’s being known that he was coming here, he was arrested by his creditors & was in jail at the date of the letter. what are we to...
I have great pleasure in informing you that mr Ware is arrived. he tells me he was arrested by creditors & detained some time. he says he has secured as many bricklayers, brickmakers & house joiners as we can find work for, that they are glad to come at our prices, and will be ready to come off at once on his writing back what work we can give them. I des I told him what I had written to you ;...
As it is but lately concluded to commence the Eastern range of pavilions, I h & Dormitories I have not prepared the plans, nor shall I be at leisure to turn to that business till the week after the ensuing one. but those pavilions will vary so little from the dimensions last given, & those of N o I. II. III. of the Western range that if the foundations are dug to that, the trimming them to...
Your letter of the 7 th was recieved in due time. mr Perry is entitled to what we agreed to, not to what he proposed . we agreed that Gen l Cocke ’s bargain with Whately should be ours. that was that he was to find all and do all for 11 ¼
Will you be so good as to drop me a line the moment the Philadelphia workmen arrive, informing me when they may be expected here, as it might induce me to put off my departure until I see them fixed here. Perry has promised to have dormitories for the master workmen and Cellars ready for the others which was my promise. I salute you with friendship & respect. RC ( ViU: TJP-PP ); dateline at...
Our two Italian Sculptors arrived at Charlottesville the evening before last and we have to make immediate provision to reimburse to mr Hollins of Baltimore the sums he has been called on for on their arrival. mr Appleton found it necessary to advance to each of them 200.D. apiece to prepare for their voyage and to leave some provision for their families, at a loss of exchange too of 10. p....
I have been detained by the indisposition of one of my grandaughters who was to accompany me. she is better but will not be strong enough to proceed till tomorrow, if then. in the mean time I have recieved a letter from mr Appleton informing me that after making his draughts on mr Hollins and sealing his letters, the vessel being delayed a little longer, the he was obliged to advance a further...
I have just recieved a letter from mr Hollins of Baltimore of the following import    ‘The Italians left a case on board the brig Strong , which I understood them to contain a piece of unwrought marble; but the custom house officers on examination find it to contain polished work of some kind; & not having been put in the Captain’s manifest, of course not reported to the Custom house store, I...
I wrote to you yesterday by the Lynchbg mail which was to leave that place the same evening, and I now inclose you a letter from a mr Stokes which ought to have been addressed to you. I have made full enquiry whether proper blocks of marble could be got here should we want them. I find that they cannot, & that the quality is such as would not bear the chissel for delicate work, and is of so...
Th Jefferson incloses to mr Brockenbrough two letters merely because they relate to his department. Andrei who writes one, is a great artist & excellent man, and his recommendation would be weighty if we wanted the workmen he recommends at all. Gorman will be with you within not many days. he has worked here under my eye about 3 weeks, dressing and laying some hearthstones and marble slabs. I...
I inclose you a letter recommending a mr James Wade of Lynchburg for the conducting water to the University . I have other satisfactory information, of his skill, industry and fidelity to his engagements. he will undertake to work at the Philadelphia prices, whatever they are, altho’ he does not know what they are. he will come the moment you call for him but says the timber had better not be...
Your favor of the 28 th came to hand yesterday. the engagements for work, as well as I can state them from imperfect memorandums which I have with me aided by recollection, have been as follows. in the Western range the Pavilion N o 1. the brick work was engaged to Carter & Philips, the wooden work to Oldham; N o 2. is done with. N o 3. brick work and wooden work engaged to Dinsmore and Perry,...
We the subscribers, acting as a Committee of superintendence under the authority of the Visitors of the University of Virginia have consider’d the proposals of Michael and Giacomo Raggi sculptors, that we shou’d relinquish their obligation to continue longer in the service of the University & permit them to return to Italy under certain other stipulations. and we do not think we should be...
I think the raising the windows above the floor will be proper for the reason you mention. with respect to the arches & entablature of Hotel A . there would be 3. modes of doing it. 1. to make the arches of the width of those of the dormitories. but this would make the piers too heavy. 2. to raise the entablatures as you propose, the objection to which is the breaking the line of the...
The bearer mr Sully, a celebrated Portrait painter of Philadelphia calls to see the University, and as he is a judge, and will be questioned about it on his return I will request you to shew it to him advantageously. I am endeavoring to make as exact an estimate as possible of our past and future expences, beginning with April last when our previous funds had been used, we were in debt...
It is near 2. months since I made a remittance for some Roman cement to mr Coffee, supposing him to be in N.Y. but recieving no answer I presume he has left it on a very long journey he intended to take . we cannot therefore look to that place. I recieved last night the inclosed letter from mr Andrew Smith on the subject of this cement. as his is imported from England, we have as good a chance...
I met mr Oldham yesterday on my return from the University, and he delivered his complaints for want of money. I told him he should be paid on a settlement of his accounts, and that if you could not agree together I knew that you would arbitrate. he writes me to-day that you do not think yourself at liberty to agree to any arbitrators but mr Divers & mr. Minor. certainly my confidence in their...
I have recieved your favor of yesterday, and should really think that as we have no such profession as that of measurer in our part of the country, we are under no obligation to seek them from other and distant places. if there be a difference on the mode of measuring, that might be arbitrated as well as any thing else. Did we not on some occasion lay it down with the undertakers that mess rs...
Rece d of the Proctor of the University of Virginia his Df t on the Bursar for One hundred and fifty Dollars for a Hoisting Machine for the use of the said University ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
Dec. 9. answ d that we had no authority to borrow until the annuity payable Jan. 1. is exhausted; but that that may be rec d punctually on that day CSmH : Jefferson File.
Th:J. to mr Brockenbrough Palladio’s measures of the Fortuna virilis are not in Modules & minutes but in quarter inches of the Vicentina foot, the diameter of the column being 2 f–8½ I or 130 quarter inches which he calls minutes. then 130 ¼ I : 60′ :: 95 ¼ I his projection to 4317/20′ which is the projection of that cornice given by Palladio. Chambray’s drawing of the same temple being...
On Sunday last I recieved a letter from the Governor informing me the balance of the last loan, 30,900 D. was now ready for us and might be drawn for as soon as I should send a bond for it. I executed and inclosed the bond to him the same day, and I presume it went by Tuesday’s mail; I am ready therefore to authorise any draught within that amount that the bursar chuses: and my opinion would...
I transcribe for your information a resolution of the Visitors of the University entered into at their late meeting, to which they recommend your early attention. also a copy of an advertisement to be published in the Enquirer and Central gazette. accept the assurance of my friendship and respect. ViU .
The error of account with Giacomo Raggi may easily be corrected if he should return to this country. but this being doubtful, it may be proper for you to give me a copy of his account as settled and signed by him which I can transmit to Appleton who knows of the payment of the 200.D. and will see that it was not credited in the account. Can you now furnish me with your last half year’s account...
In inclose you a letter recieved yesterday from our engraver in New York. I shall write to Col o Peyton how to dispose of the prints, in the meantime I shall be glad have a remittance of the 150.D. made to mr Maverick which I promised should be done as soon as I should recieve his bill. I am waiting for your acc t Apr. to October, to send our Report to the legislature, as also the estimate of...
I recollect that when at Lynchburg I proposed to mr Gorman to come and engage in our service at the University, I observed to him that there being no buildings as yet or accomodations for workmen, he could have the use of one of the dormitories for awhile. I do not remember that I specified any particular term, and suppose I did not. an indefinite understanding of that kind I should think...
I return you the contract with Dinsmore & Nelson which I approve of for the strong reasons assigned in your letter. I think my colleagues, as well as myself are very desirous of being able at certain stages of the work to ascertain the exact state of our funds, that we may stop where they fail. the having to bring measures from Philadelphia may be some obstruction to that. but I presume we may...
I now return you your papers in the case of mr Coffee. I have maturely considered them and send you the result in a letter to him left open for your perusal in order that there may be no discrepancies between your letter and mine. when perused be so good as to stick a wafer in it and commit it to the Post office. I confess that had I observed the agreem t he inclosed to me and which is...
annexed I give you a copy of a letter I have rec d from mr Oldam s pecifying the charges he means to alledge against you. I can do no more at present than to furnish the copy . on my return from Bedford measures shall be taken for recieving the evidence which shall be adduced on both sides. it can only be however such as will voluntarily offer, at your respective requests; as the visitors...
M r Dinsmore consulted me yesterday on the entablature of the Rotunda & of it’s windows. I reviewed them , and find no reason to substitute any other than that of my original drawing for the main entablature, which was that of Palladio Book. 1. Pl. 26. taking the base however from his plate 23. that of Pl. 25. having too much work as well as that of the Pantheon. I have examined carefully all...
After opening 3. of my boxes of ornaments I found the one containing the missing ox-skulls E t c for pavilions 2. & 5. and I now send the box. it was marked by mistake T.I. N o 1. as we retained from mr Coffee the cost of it until it could be found, it will now be proper to remit him the money withe the short payment also of your former remittance. the statement I think is thus. Lead, packing...
I mentioned to you yesterday the ill effect of the acute angles in the passage of the Rotunda. I send you my drawing of the building in which I have drawn portions of a circle to cover those angles. You will consider whether it is best to make them of brick or studs & laths. you will see in the drawing whereabouts the centers of those portions of circle are taken, so as to make the circle a...
I ask your attention to the bearer of this mr Miralla a gentleman of S. Americ. I send by him two papers for your consideration & salute you with friendship & respect ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
I have but recently discovered that in my drawing of the Library room of the Rotunda, I have omitted to place a door in front, opening under the Portico, and I am happy in being in time to correct it. it should be of the width of the main door below, and it’s soffite of the height of the soffites of it’s coordinate windows. a folding sash door so as to give light when shut. it’s bottom to be...
I think a door greatly preferable to a window both as to appearance & use. exactly such as in my parlour, except that the bottom pannels had better be of wood. friendly salutns. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
I made a rough draught of a Contract with M r Raggi for the 10. bases & 2. half bases, and sent it to Negrin to explain to him. he agreed to every thing in it except the price. on that subject he urges that it was the attic base, of which mr Dinsmore made a drawing, that he had in view to furnish at 60. D. but that the Corinthian base of the Pantheon, of which mr neilson has furnished him a...
at the end of the 2 d paragraph, after the words, ‘the other half at their delivery of ship board’ interline ‘but if on their arrival at Leghorn, there be no ship in port bound as aforesd, the last half is to be paid on their delivery to the sd T. Appleton, deducting the transportation on ship board’. or to Tho s Appleton if on their arrival at Leghorn there be no ship in port bound as...
I find that Raggi, having failed to sell his articles of Alabaster & marble is unable to pay his tavern bill and passage to Richmond, and he asks an advance of 50. D. on account of the Corinthian bases, for which moreover he will leave those articles in pledge with you. I think it safe enough to make him the advance on account of the bases, & that should he fail in that contract, the 15....
I now return the deeds and plats of the University lands recieved from you at different times, and also an inclusive plat of the whole 7. parcels bought at different times laid down as exactly as the lines of the several separate ones would admit. I mentioned to you hot long since an error which had crept into our practice which it is necessary to correct. it arose thus. the law establishing...
I inclose you Oldham’s letter. the settlement of his and Nielson’s acc ts I leave to yourself entirely, you are so much a better judge than myself. I always fear settlements left to workmen however honest; because on that subject they have a special code of morality of their own: however I do not say this of all, and leave that to your judgment, recommending that you have a settlement in some...
Be pleased to place in the hands of Col o Bernard Peyton the sum of four thousand dollars to be invested by him in a bill of exchange to be remitted to mr Appleton of Leghorn on account for the Capitals & bases of the columns of the Rotunda. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
I think we should hire as many hands for the next as we did for the current year. there is a great deal of work to be done yet on the grounds. frdly salutns ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
The bearers mr Ralston of Philadelphia, and Cap t Chapman, travellers of great respectability, who will call to see the University, are recommended to the attentions of mr Brockenbrough by ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
Th: Jefferson asks from mr Brockenbrough the favor of 1200. bricks, all clinkers, and if he can place them to the account of Cap t Perry it will be an accomodation perhaps all round. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
A n Estimate of the income and expences of the University from Jan. 1. to Dec. 31. 1823. 1823. Jan. 1. Annuity of 1823 15,000. Debts Oct. 7. 1822. by M. D’s settlem t 27,001.63 May 1. Loan of 1823 60,000. Int. on loans of 20. 21. for year 22. 7,200. Arrears of sbscrptns, sperate 15,868.96 Current expences officers, laborers, provis E
I have considered maturely the change you propose in the library, and see no advantage in altering the original plan. in that, besides the 4000 feet for presses below the entablature of the columns, we can have another tier of presses above the entablature, of one half more of the space. again instead of the noble pery style of the original bearing a proper proportion to the height of vault...
Be so good as to send me 4. of the ground plats of the University, on account of the University as they are to go to Europe with my letters written to procure professors. Can you lend me a box of tin? I lack that much to finish the part of my house I have been covering with tin. if you can I will send the little cart for it, as the bearer cannot bring it before him on his mule. P.S. I give the...
My last ride to the University and return without getting off of my horse, with the heat of the day so overcome me with fatigue that I could scarcely reach home, and still leaves me so sore and languid that I have not been on my horse since, nor shall I be able yet for some days. if therefore any consultation is necessary with me I must ask the favor of yourself and mr Bergamin to take a ride...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Brockenbrough to send him four copies of the Rockfish report and 1. plan of the University on his own account and another plan for the University, into which he will insert the references and have them engraved into a new supply of plans. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
I think that the form of Articles of agreement will be much better than that of Bonds for the leases of the hotels. they admit much more conveniently the insertion of all the variety of covenants which may be thought necessary from time to time as circumstances may suggest. I have therefore prepared and now inclose a form containing all the articles which at present occur to me as necessary,...