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From Thomas Jefferson to James Dinsmore, 20 July 1802

To James Dinsmore

Washington July 20. 1802.

Dear Sir

Your’s of the 12th. did not get to hand till last night. the ornaments for the frize of the chamber left this on the 10th. and are probably at Richmond by this time. but I shall be at home on Sunday, as early as they will arrive. from what you mention of the rotting of the sleepers of the Bow part of the Parlour, & the ends of the other, I presume that wall was close & that they have dry rotted for want of air. I wish therefore you may have thought to leave holes in the wall, or, which will do better, that you would now have a door made in it, large enough to let a person enter. I will have a wire door made for it which will let in air & keep out rats. Accept my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ICHi); at foot of text: “Mr. James Dinsmore.”

Dinsmore’s letter OF THE 12TH, recorded in SJL as received 19 July, has not been found.

TJ based the ORNAMENTS of the bedchamber frieze at Monticello on a design from the Temple of Fortuna Virilis in Rome (Stein, Worlds description begins Susan R. Stein, The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, New York, 1993 description ends , 107, 110).

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