Thomas Jefferson Papers

Spencer Roane to Thomas Jefferson, 27 March 1819

From Spencer Roane

Richmond, March 27th 1819.

Dear Sir,

I take the liberty to introduce to you the bearer, Mr Arthur S: Brockenbrough. He goes up to see whether his services will be needed by the trustees of the university, and whether it would be worth his while to leave his occupations here. He is a man of great respectability. He was regularly bred a house-joiner, and has, I beleive, a good taste in architecture, of which the new banks in this city, and the Elegant new house he has lately built for his brother, Dr Brockenbrough, are specimens. He is at this time the superintendant of the improvements on the public square, and possesses the Confidence of the executive. Nothing but the present dearth of buildings in this place, owing to the great pressure for money, would induce him to forego his prospects here. Hoping he may be found useful, in forwarding that institution which we all have so much at heart, I recommend him to you with pleasure.

with the highest respect & Esteem, I am, Dear sir,   yr obt Servt

Spencer Roane

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received 31 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John H. Cocke, 5 Nov. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello favoured by Mr Brockenbrough.” Enclosed in Arthur S. Brockenbrough to TJ, 29 Mar. 1819.

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  • banks; in Va. search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; recommended to TJ search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; supervises improvements to Capitol Square search
  • Brockenbrough, John; Richmond home of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Richmond, Va.; banks in search
  • Richmond, Va.; Capitol Square in search
  • Roane, Spencer; letters from search
  • Roane, Spencer; recommends A. S. Brockenbrough search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; selects officers, staff, and workmen search
  • Virginia; banks in search
  • Virginia; governor search