Thomas Jefferson Papers

Matthew Brown to Thomas Jefferson, 20 December 1817

From Matthew Brown

Lynchburg 20th December 1817


I have two objection to a Referance to the Lynchburg prices for Brickwork 1st as I have Some Influanc as to the price & wishh to avoid Suspicion 2ndly Dislike the mode of doing buisiness on that account I submit to It with Reluctance but am Satisfied the prices Should be no higher than those of Lynchburg I would not be bound that Knight shou’d Do the front work but would Say that the Franklin Hotell Shoud be the model Should your Brothern Concur with you In giving me the Jobb you’l be So good as to give me the earliest possible Information


Matt, Brown

RC (ViU: TJP); between dateline and salutation: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Dec. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

Samuel J. Harrison’s franklin Hotel opened in Lynchburg in 1817 (Lynchburg Press, 31 Oct. 1817; William Asbury Christian, Lynchburg and Its People [1900], 64).

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