Thomas Jefferson Papers

John H. Cocke to Thomas Jefferson, 10 July 1818

From John H. Cocke

Bremo July 10. 1818


Correct opinions in the liberal arts being the result of more cultivation than has fallen to my lot, and having the highest confidence in your taste in Architecture, I have taken the liberty to desire Mr Neilson to call on you with the plan of my Building for the purpose of consulting you upon some points which he will explain:—not doubting, that such a trespass upon your valuable time will be readily excused, & any information freely given that may aid in redeeming this branch of the arts from its hitherto neglected State in Virginia—

Yours with high respect & Esteem

J. H. Cocke

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received 28 July 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Destutt de Tracy, 24 Nov. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Mr — Jefferson Monticello In care of Mr Neilson.”

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  • architecture; TJ advises J. H. Cocke search
  • Bremo (J. H. Cocke’s Fluvanna Co. estate) search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and Bremo (house) search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); letters from search
  • Neilson (Nelson), John; and work at Bremo (J. H. Cocke’s Fluvanna Co. estate) search