Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Knight, 5 October 1817

To David Knight

Monticello Oct. 5. 17.


The walls of our building are now up to the surface of the ground, tomorrow the ceremony of laying the first stone will take place in the presence of the visitors, the county and superior courts, and of the citizens of the county generally; and we are then ready for you, and hope you will set out immediately for Charlottesville. this letter goes by mr Perry who I am assured will set out this morning & be in Lynchburg tomorrow night; and if so I shall hope you will be at Charlottesville on Wednesday evening. the stock bricks made for your work by mr Chisolm appear quite as well made as those of the young man from Lynchburg who began the making them and there being a double number of them made, I hope you will find enough of them to your satisfaction. in the hope of seeing you immediately I tender you my best wishes and respects.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Burton Harrison Collection); addressed: “Mr David Knight Lynchburg.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Vaughan to TJ, 18 June 1817; ink stained, with portion of dateline rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Samuel J. Harrison, 5 Oct. 1817.

stock bricks: “hard solid brick, pressed in the mould” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

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