Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Divers, 14 July 1803

From George Divers

Farmington 14th. July 1803

Dr Sir

Soon after the Rect. of your favor of the 18th. May inclosing a drawing of an architrave frize & Cornice for my two fire places, I wrote you that the frize boards must be 5 f. 7 inches by 7½ inches in place of 5 f 4 I. by 6 I. as soon as they are ready & the composition ornaments are done be so good as to direct them to be ship’d to the care of either Gibson & Jefferson or Picket Pollard & Johnston of Richmond, with a request that they will give me notice when they come to hand, my workmen have but very little to do & I fear will be waiting for the ornaments, If the man who did some plastering for you or any other good plasterer can be engaged to come out here from the City of Washington I shall be glad to employ one to plaster my two Room passage & Columns, perhaps you may also have a Room or two ready, I shall be ready by the middle or the last of august at farthest. I must ask the favor of you to engage a good hand to come out, and advise me by post, when he will be here or whether such a man can be engaged or not. with respect & esteem

I am Dr. Sir Yr. very Hble Servt

George Divers

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 17 July and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s favor of 18 May has not been found. It was likely a response to Divers’s letter of 9 May, recorded in SJL as received 11 May, but not found. A subsequent letter of 7 June from Divers to TJ, recorded in SJL as received 12 June, has also not been found.

In his financial memoranda, TJ recorded on 23 June paying George Andrews $49.69 “for ornaments for Geo. Divers” (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1103).

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