George Hadfield’s Estimate of Cost for Building a Jail
Summary Estimate of the expense necessary for building the Goal;
by G. H.
|275 Yards of digging for foundation at 20 Cents pr. yard||$ 55|
|916 Perches of rough stone for walls, flues and floors
@. $.1.25 pr. Perch.
|1032 Bushels of Stone lime for mortar and grout
@. 54 Cents pr. bushel.
|206 Barrels of sand and gravel @. 20. Cents pr. Barrel||41||20|
|Mason’s work and labour for 916 perch of stone
@. $.1. Pr. Perch
|20,000 Bricks and tiles for paving and arching
@. $.6. pr. Thousand
|Workmanship for Do. @ $.3. pr. Thousand||60|
|Freestone windows, door casings and sills||1806|
|Frestone steps for stairs and outside||204|
|6,600. feet of Scantling for floors, partitions and
roof @. $.4. pr. Hundred feet
|95 Squares of framing @. $.3 pr. Square||285|
|14,600 weight of Iron for grates and cramps
@. 6. Cents pr. ℔.
|Workmanship of Do. at 4. Cents Pr. ℔.||584|
|1393 yards of plaistering @ 7. Cents pr. Yard||97||51|
|528 yards of Do. for outside @. 18. Cents pr. Yard||95||4|
|30 squars of plank for sheeting roof @. 3.$. pr. Square||90|
|30 squares of slate @ $.10. pr. Square||300|
|Workmanship of Do. @ $.2. pr. Square||60|
|34 Strong Oak doors @. $.7. each||238|
|Locks bolts & hinges.|
MS (DLC); undated; in Meriwether Lewis’s hand; with TJ’s 1804 notes on verso.
The SUMMARY ESTIMATE printed above is probably based on the plans and specifications for the Washington, D.C., jail prepared by George Hadfield and forwarded to TJ by Daniel C. Brent in his letter of 26 June. TJ’s notation on the verso refers to excavating at the President’s House conducted in 1804, about which time work commenced on extensive improvements to the grounds and the construction of wings for the building (Seale, The President’s House description begins William Seale, The President’s House, Washington, D.C., 1986, 2 vols. description ends , 1:109–18).