Thomas Jefferson Papers

Patrick Gibson to Thomas Jefferson, 22 March 1819

From Patrick Gibson

Richmond 22d March 1819

Dear Sir

The bearer Mr Hickey has been recommended as a Plaisterer to some of my friends, by Dr Brockenbrough—He intends going to Charlottesville to contract for the finishing of the College, contemplated to be built there—Mr Haxall who employed him here is much pleased with his work, and considers him as in all respects competent to the business—

With much respect I am Your obt Servt

Patrick Gibson

RC (ViU: TJP); notation by TJ on verso: “Hickey. Plaisterer”; endorsed by TJ as delivered “by Hickey” and so recorded (with 26 Mar. 1819 date of receipt) in SJL.

This same day John brockenbrough wrote Alexander Garrett from Richmond that “This will be delivered to you by Mr Hicky who will offer proposals for the plaistering to be done at the University. As he is a total stranger, I take the liberty to make him known to you, & will thank you to put him in the way of acquiring the information he will need, as to the expence of lime, sand &ca as well as the cost of living in your neighborhood. He is a skillful workman, & may be relied on as to the performance of any contract he may enter into. He executed the plaister work of the new court house in this place, & the whole of that in a dwelling house I have lately built, and in both instances gave great satisfaction” (RC in ViU: TJP, endorsed by TJ: “Plaisterer. Hickey recomd by Brockenbrough”; RC in DLC, address cover only, with PoC of TJ to William Wirt, 27 June 1819, on recto and verso, addressed: “Alexander Garret Esq Charlottesville” by “Mr Hicky”).

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, John; recommends D. Hickey search
  • Brockenbrough, John; Richmond home of search
  • building materials; lime (mineral) search
  • building materials; sand search
  • Garrett, Alexander; D. Hickey recommended to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters from search
  • Gibson, Patrick; recommends D. Hickey search
  • Haxall, Philip search
  • Hickey, D. (plasterer); delivers letter search
  • Hickey, D. (plasterer); recommendations of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • lime (mineral); as building material search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; courthouse in search
  • sand search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; plasterers for search