To Daniel Trump
Washington Feb. 6. 1803
Two or three years ago I informed you that mr Divers, a neighbor of mine, who was building a good house, would want his windows from you. he is much later about his building than was expected: however he is now ready for the windows. I must pray you therefore to have them executed according to the memorandum subjoined, and to forward them to Messrs. Picket, Pollard & Johnson Richmond for mr George Divers, and with as little delay as possible. mr Joseph [Higbee] of Philadelphia will recieve orders from mr Divers to pay for them as soon as delivered. let me pray you to have them done in the best [manner]. the circular windows you had made for me, [all gave way]. they have cost me a great deal of work in repaining, and I am afraid will [never] be made to stand at all. Accept my best wishes & respects.
. windows 9 f.—7 I. high, 3 f.—4¾ I. wide in the clear between the rabbets, divided into 3. [equal] sashes for each window, & glazed with best glass 12. by 18. I.
9. circular sashes 3 f—6¾ I diameter finished. glazed with best glass.
2. sashes 3 f—4¾ I square, to be placed over doors. glazed with 12. by 18. I. panes best glass.
1. semicircular sash 4 f—3 I long on the straight edge when finished, being the half of a circle of 4 f—3 I diam. glazed with best glass.
1. semicircular window sash 6 f—7 I long on the strait edge, glazed as above
[all] the sashes to be 1½ I. thick, that being the width of the rabbets.
24. panes window glass 12. by 10 I. for repaining
1. pane plate glass 18[¾] by 22½ I. for the window of a carriage.
PrC (MHi); faint and blurred; at foot of text: “Mr. Trump”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Recorded in SJL with notation “G. Divers sashes.”
A letter of 27 Jan. from George divers to TJ, recorded in SJL as received 2 Feb., has not been found. On 21 Feb., TJ wrote to Divers, probably to report information contained in Daniel Trump’s letter of 12 Feb., recorded in SJL as received 19 Feb. Neither of these letters has been found.
rabbets were long grooves cut at right angles and used to join two wooden objects together (Carl R. Lounsbury, ed., An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape [New York, 1994], 303).