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Your’s of the 26th came to hand two days ago. I immediately engaged mr Barnes to remit ten dollars for you to mr Trump . I shall be glad to hear from you from time to time, informing me of your progress, what work you have prepared, what you have put up and what you are engaged in at the time, as it is interesting to me to know how we advance. accept my best wishes. RC ( PWacD : Feinstone...
Your favor of the 6th. is recieved, and in answer thereto I observe that there is to be a semicircular window in the pediment of the S.E. piazza. if I understand your drawing, the tympanum is 18. f9f 9½ I wide at bottom, and 10. f3f 3¼ I on each side, clear, within the cornice. making the window then 4. f. wide (that is, on a radius of 2. f.) within the architrave, the architrave 8. I. sill 4....
I recieved your favor of the 16th. by the last post, whereby I observe you are engaged on the N. Western cornice of the house. I would much rather have the 2d. and 3d. air-closets finished before any thing else; because it will be very disagreeable working in them after even one of them begins to be in use. I shall be at Monticello within a fortnight from this time. Accept my best wishes. RC...
Yours of the 17th . is recieved. from my present view of the suit brought against the indorser of your note, I should think it better to let it go on, because if the law be here as it is in the other states (Pensylvania excepted) your account will be a set-off against it. it was so in Pensylvania till about 5. or 6. years ago when the banks had interest enough to get a law passed that when a...
On the 26th. inst. there were shipped from Philadelphia 2 boxes of sheet iron for the terras, bent & painted ready to be laid. these contain 39. sheets only. for the terras it will take 96. sheets in the whole and 20. do. for the 8. gutturs of the porticos & piazzas  3. do. for the gutturs where the roof joins the walls of the dome room 119 in the whole. so that about a third only of the whole...
Yours of the 3d. was recieved last night. would not riven pine slabs make a better moveable cover for the plaistered part of the house, than linen? if slabs 10. f. long and 2. f. apart were first laid cross ways thus horizontally and then others nailed up & down close, & breaking joints and the nails clinched on the under side, it would hang together strongly, and might be laid on, & laid by...
I recieved last night your letter of the 26th. I am afraid from the account you give of the sheet iron there will not be enough to finish. however let it be put on the part where long sheets are wanting, so that whatever supply may be necessary may be of common sheet iron, and let me know as soon as done, how much will be wanting. I am in hopes you have recieved the screws. mr Stewart set out...
I recieved last night your letter of the day before, and now inclose you the 20. Dollars desired. I ordered from Philadelphia the three sheets of sheet iron which you supposed might be wanting. they are now on their way. if not wanting to finish the terras, they may be employed on the gutturs which are to be laid with sheet iron. they should be painted on both sides before they are laid down....
I have duly recieved your’s of the 7th. and am sorry for your disappointment at Richmond. at this place what little private building is going on is engaged, and the public (wooden part) will wait for funds till next spring. the work which I could put into your hands at once, is 12. a pair folding doors, mahogany, for partition between the Hall & Parlour, 7:} 2. pair Mahogany sashes (lights 12....
Business prevented my answering your letter of Oct. 21. till I apprehended you had left Albemarle for Richmond. Your draughts on me for the work you have done, or may do, or the materials shall be always paid at the counting house of messrs. Gibson & Jefferson in Richmond. if you can draw at 30. days sight it will be a convenience because I settle every thing of that kind once a month, but if...
Your favor of the 26th. came to hand yesterday, and I now inclose you 40. dollars according to request. your order in favor of mr Craven shall be paid. I am sorry you find such difficulty in getting seasoned stuff at Richmond. if they really do all their house joinery with green stuff, they are much behind even what I had expected. however with respect to my work I can give the time you...
In answer to your’s of the 17th. desiring me to procure a Palladio for you either here or at Philadelphia, there never was a Palladio here even in private hands till I brought one: and I scarcely expect it is to be had in Philadelphia; but I will try both there and at Baltimore. The late mr Ryland Randolph of Turkey island had one, which is probably in the hands of whoever has his books, and...
I recieved yesterday your letter, of the 11th. and observe you are fitting up a Corinthian room for mr Gallego. I am glad to learn it, because a single example of chaste architecture may guide the taste of the city and especially when they find that that system of architecture which has now been the delight of the world for three thousand years costs no more than the barbarous & tawdry fancies...
I received in due time your letter of Feb. 4. and immediately sent to mr Andrews’s to get the information you desired, but he was gone to New York. I waited supposing he might return and being just now on my departure for Monticello, I sent to his house again to-day, but he is not returned, nor expected under a month. any thing however can be done in his absence where they have the moulds: but...
Th: Jefferson with his salutations to mr Oldham and his regrets for the loss of the plank mentioned in his letter of the 19th inst. incloses him an order on Gibson & Jefferson for forty dollars DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Mr. Gantt now lives at Bladensburg, being appointed a judge of Maryland. I wrote to enquire of him some days ago as to the situation of your affair with Jackson’s estate. I presume he may be absent on some circuit, & that I shall have an answer when he returns. the ornaments for your Corinthian frize are now in hand. they are made in the same moulds with those in my Hall, far handsomer than...
As judge Gantt’s first letter gave me reason to expect a 2d immediately, I have waited to recieve that. it came to hand last night and I now inclose you both. as your action at Common law is dismissed, and you are not one of the Suitors in the Chancery proceeding I do not understand how you are to share with those who are. but of this mr Gantt is a better judge. if I can at any time see mr...
Your favor of the 4th. inst. came to hand some days ago; but as the question about the sashes for the S.E. portico required attention & a recurrence to my papers, I have not had time to take it up till this moment. there are 5. arches to the Piazza, the measures of which you have taken. besides the sashes, they are to have Venetian blinds of a particular construction, now in hand here, under...
On enquiry I found that the small balluster for your Corinthian madillion, if made in composition, must be in 2. halves to be glued together, which as they warp a little in drying would make a bad job. Mr. Lenox being at work in the house, undertook to enquire what they would cost turned. the best turner in the place said he ought to have 6. cents a piece, but would do them for 5. I therefore...
I am informed that James Hemings my servant has put himself under your superintendance until he can hear from me on the subject of his return. I can readily excuse the follies of a boy and therefore his return shall ensure him an entire pardon. during my absence hereafter I should place him with Johnny Hemings and Lewis at house-joiner’s work. if you will get him a passage in the Richmond...
Your letter of the 6th. has been duly recieved. I have spoken with Capt Andrews & undertaken to pay him his demand on you three weeks hence, which he says will perfectly answer his purpose. it was £67. 13. 14 New York currency = 169D. 14c and not Virginia currency as you had supposed. this paiment will be carried to my credit in your account. Accept my best wishes MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I inclose you mr Andrews’ reciept for 174D.18c paid him on your account. mr Poype having obtained from mr Montgolfier the inventor of the Hydraulic ram permission to use his patent right to the advantage of mr Poype who has need of it, I do not think myself at liberty to make any communication of it’s construction to his prejudice. on the same ground I have not put to use yet the one he...
It is now become very material that the whole of my doors should be finished & got to Monticello as speedily as possible, as my painter will otherwise have left me. he is a most capibal hand, and should he not paint them, it may be years before I have another opportunity. Capt. Andrews is gone to New York, he told me before he went away that he was desired to leave some money for you in my...
I recieved from mrs March a fortnight ago 128 D .80c for you: and understanding that she had not been able to sell the whole of your coal, I took what remained on hand 150. bushels at .34 amounting to 51. D. which sums, say, 179 D .80 are to be placed to my debit with you subject to your order. Accept my best wishes. Catalog--Heritage Collector’s Society, Inc.
I have this day remitted to Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson for you the sum of 179. D 80 C being the amount of the coal I bought & of the money I recieved from Capt Andrews on your account which they will accordingly pay you on demand. I set out tomorrow for Monticello. Accept my salutations & best wishes MHi : Coolidge Collection.
The sheet iron which I have hitherto had for guttered roofs has come to me ready bent & painted. it has sometimes been charged by the ton, & is then 265. Ds the ton; sometimes by the 100. square feet, and is then at 48. D. the square. that which you worked up was charged by the square. I have found it better to recieve it unbent, because it is easier to give it the true bend originally, than...
Your letter of July 26. came on to this place after I had disposed of all my August funds, which obliged me to postpone a remittance to you till the beginning of September. I have directed mr Barnes, the first week in that month to remit 100. D. to mr Jefferson, on whom I inclose you an order to recieve it so soon as it shall have come to his hands. the balance of your account shall be...
I have this day made a remittance to mr Jefferson out of which he will be enabled to pay you the balance of 82. D 06 C for which therefore be so good as to call on him: I have a job of 4. Pembroke tables on hand at Monticello, but we have not the Mahogany for the tops . they are to be 2 f 3. I. square in the bed, & the leaves half the breadth of the beds, so as to be 4 f 6 by 2 f 3 when the...
By a letter of Oct. 12. I asked the favor of you to purchase for me in Richmond & forward to Monticello by the boats as much fine mahogany as would make me 4. Pembroke tables 2 f 3 I. by 4 f. 6 I. that is to say, the beds 2 f. 3 I. square & the leaves 13 ½ I. by 2 f. 3 I. not having heard from you since, I have feared my letter may have miscarried, & therefore I now repeat the request, with...
I thank you for your attention to my little commission of the Mahogany and now inclose you an order on Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson for 37. D 50 c reimbursement of the amount with my salutations and best wishes for your success & welfare. DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
I did not recieve your letter of May 24. till my return hither 4. or 5. days ago. I am not able to give you any precise information as to the lands on Briery. I have heard that Joshua Fry sold lands there to General Lee, & also his share ( ⅙ I think) in a tract of 400. as. of limestone land adjoining Capt Christopher Hudson, on Hardware, in which last tract I am also a partner. on Fry’s titles...