Thomas Jefferson Papers

Alexander Garrett to Thomas Jefferson, [28] January 1819

From Alexander Garrett

Thursday morning 26th [28] Jany 19.

Dr sir

I now send you Latrobes price book: Mr. Dinsmore yesterday mentioned to me that he had heard with regret, that you were dissatisfied with the contract made with him, and beg’d me to assure you, that he would take no advantage of any mistake you may have made in that contract; that he will be entirely satisfied to work by the printed prices of the book now sent you. not even insisting on the correction of those by Latrobe.

You have no doubt learnt that the University bill passed the Senate on saturday last by a vote of 22 to 1.

I present you with a rock fish, of which I beg your acceptance

Respecty Your Obt St

Alex: Garrett

RC (ViU: TJP); misdated; addressed: “Mr: Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ: “Dinsmore James.” Enclosure: The Book of Prices adopted by the House Carpenters of the Borough of Pittsburgh, February 15, 1813 (Pittsburgh, 1813; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 6 [no. 243]).

TJ’s Bill to Establish a University (printed above at 19 Nov. 1818) passed the senate and became law on Monday, 25 Jan. 1819, not saturday (JSV description begins Journal of the Senate of Virginia description ends [1818–19 sess.], 73).

Index Entries

  • Dinsmore, James; as builder for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • fish; rockfish search
  • Garrett, Alexander; and fish for TJ search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as Central College treasurer search
  • Garrett, Alexander; letters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Bill to Establish a University search
  • Latrobe, Benjamin Henry; and builders’ prices search
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.; builders’ prices in search
  • rockfish search
  • The Book of Prices adopted by the House Carpenters of the Borough of Pittsburgh, February 15, 1813 search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; wages for workmen search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; Bill to Establish a University search
  • Virginia; Senate search