Thomas Jefferson Papers

Memorandum from Joseph Antrim to Thomas Jefferson, 17 December 1817

Memorandum from Joseph Antrim

Joseph Antrim.

Is willing to Plaister the Central College at the following Prices,

Lath 4d Nales and lathing— 1/2 per yd
two Coat Plaistering & Materials 2/
three Do— Do—   Do 2/9


the above prices includes attendance and all the Materials that we shall want Except boards & Nales 10d for Scaffolding & lime Boxes &C—

Mode of Measurement that of Richmond which is all the openings to be measured, Except the price of the Materials which will be deducted, Or if you Chuse Philad Mode, the Mode of this place is to Make No deductions for Openings Nether for work Nor for Materials

MS (ViU: TJP); in Antrim’s hand; addressed: “Mr T Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ: “Plaisterer” and “Antrim Joseph. Plaisterer”; with notation in Arthur S. Brockenbrough’s hand beneath endorsements: “

2 Coats on walls— 2.
2 do on Laths— 3.2
3 Coats on walls 2.9.
3 do on Laths— 3.11.

Joseph Antrim (ca. 1786–1842), plasterer, lived in Lynchburg and worked for TJ at Poplar Forest in 1817 and 1819. In 1820 he moved to Charlottesville and performed the plastering of the University of Virginia. Antrim was a resident of Albemarle County at his death, at which time he owned personal property valued in excess of $1,200 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, 2 vols., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1338, 1357, 1393; ViU: PP; TJ’s Letter of Recommendation for Antrim, 25 Sept. 1824; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 15:10–3, 423–5; A. Böhmer Rudd, comp., Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia: Register of Interments, April 10, 1822–December 31, 1950 [1960–62], 1:27).

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