Notes on Building the Jail
Notes for building the jail
|Walls.||to be built of granite 2. f. thick|
|the mortar half of good lime in all the walls|
|half of clean gritty sand in all the inner walls|
|one fourth of clean gritty sand|
|one fourth of fine sifted gravel from
the beach of the Potomac
|for the outer walls|
|overcast on the outside with plaister of Paris
plaistered & white washed within.
|Roof.||to have rafters 9. I. apart. raised 2/9 of it’s span hipped at the
ends. covered with slate
entablature, a regular Tuscan from Palladio.
|Floor.||of upper rooms. joists 9. I. apart 4. I. thick.
countersealed with brickbatts grouted.
paved with thin tile.
|of Cells. a horizontal pavement first laid down on earth1 of
the largest peices of granite.
|on this pieces of granite 2 f. wide, & of any thickness &
length laid edge up & grouted, so that the upper edges
shall form an even floor.
|of the jailor’s lower room to be filled with earth & paved with
|of the passages. to be arched with brick & paved with brick
over that.2 the passages under the ground floor, being arched above,
are to be left open, and a hole of 9. I. square
communicating to every necessary, that they may be cleansed
a semicircular aperture at the end of the passage through the
underpinning large enough for a man to enter.
|the necessary within each cell to be a circular hole in the
floor 9 I. diameter, barred across thus with a lid
shutting smooth with the floor
|Doors.||3 f. by 6 f3 single iron grated doors for the 2. outer doors, the two
passage doors below & 6. doors above
|double grated doors for all the cells on the South side of the passage||16|
|a single grat[ed] […] [for each] of the North cells||[…]|
|Windows.||3. f. square, double iron grated below (except in the
jailor’s room, [single] […]
|single grated above,||[…]|
|window shutters to all strong||34|
|fireplaces.||the cells adjoining the jailor’s room to have fireplaces.|
|all the flues to issue in 4 shafts on the ridge pole & to be
barred in 2. places 2. f. one above the other
a right to be reserved to make changes at any time at the rates agreed for similar work, and where none such is in the agreement, to be arbitrated
PrC (DLC: TJ Papers, 124:41561); torn; faint; entirely in TJ’s hand; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso: “Jail.”
Daniel C. Brent began advertising for proposals for BUILDING THE JAIL in Washington on 30 June. Sealed proposals would be received until 7 July at Brent’s office in Stelle’s Hotel, where a plan of the jail, “the references thereto, and the manner in which the work is to be executed, may be seen there at any time” (National Intelligencer, 30 June 1802; Alexandria Times; and District of Columbia Daily Advertiser, 1 July 1802).
1. Preceding two words interlined.
2. TJ here canceled “[…] the […] of the floor of the passage, to be open.”
3. Preceding dimensions interlined.