Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Carstairs, 16 January 1818

To Thomas Carstairs

Monticello Jan. 16. 18.


Availing myself of the circumstance of our former acquaintance, I took the liberty on the 1st of November of requesting your information on the subject of Philadelphia prices for builders, for our government in a College we are building here: and Mr Carey in a letter since that informed me you had been so kind as to call on him, and to recieve for me a copy of the Philadelphia Builder’s price book. our situation being urgent obliges me to trouble you again, and to ask the transmission of the book by mail, with any information you may be so good as to favor me with as to any change of prices which may have taken place since the publication of that book, and any thing supplementory to it. I repeat the assurances of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of James H. McCulloh to TJ, 14 Nov. 1817; at foot of text: “Mr Thos Carstairs”; endorsed by TJ.

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  • books; of builders’ prices search
  • Carey, Mathew; publishesThe House Carpenters’ Book of Prices search
  • Carstairs, Thomas; and builders’ prices search
  • Carstairs, Thomas; letters to search
  • Central College; construction of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; orders books search
  • Philadelphia; builders’ prices in search
  • The House Carpenters’ Book of Prices, and Rules for measuring and valuing all their different kinds of work; published by M. Carey search