Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Hollins to Thomas Jefferson, 25 June 1819

From John Hollins

Baltimore 25th June 1819

Dear sir

As I was about to leave the City yesterday the two Italian Architects presented themselves with a letter from Mr Appleton, enclosing one for your self, which I requested Dabney Carr to put into the Post offce, accompanied with a few lines, which he informs me he performed—

I was for hurrying them off this morng, but on their representing that they wished a day or two to recruit, after a long & tedious passage, I coud not refuse them, particularly as their apperance was very prepossessing, so that I feel but little anxiety that they will depart on Sunday Morng—agreeably to their promise—   I hope sincerely they will answer the views of the Gentlemen, who are appointed to superintend the building of the Central College, as they will be pretty costly, as you will see at foot, & for which I must pray you to make early provision, as it is not just now convenient for me to be in advance,

Accept, Sir, the expressions of my great respect

Jno Hollins

 Passage money from Leghorn 280
Mr Appleton’s Dft in favor of Mr Perkins, which
sum Mr A. says “is for indispensable advances made
to the two Artists”
} 444 :41
for board here Entry at Custom Ho1 Stage hire, &
expences to Fredericksburg—suppose
} 45 :592

Having no money that will pass in Virga, you will have
a small charge at Fredericksbg—from Mr Patton—or
Mr Garrett Minor

Soon after writing the forgoing the Italians have been with me, they require sixty Dollars here besides what I supposed above say $45.59, so that you will have to remit $830 or $840—I do not like to refuse them, at same time I tell them how very anxious you wish to see them, & my desire that no time may be lost, or useless waste of money

We have this hour received a letter fm Hava mentioning the Death of G P Stevanson, our troubles were great before, this unhappy news only serves to add more

RC (MHi); at foot of first page: “Please turn over” for account and postscript on verso; endorsed by TJ as received 30 June 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Edward Wiatt, 5 Jan. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; franked; postmarked Baltimore, 25 June.

1Preceding four words interlined.

2Reworked from “35:59,” with sum below consequently altered from “$760.”

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; and stonecutters for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Baltimore, Md.; stagecoach from search
  • Carr, Dabney S. (TJ’s grandnephew); and stonecutters search
  • carriages; stagecoaches search
  • Hollins, John; and stonecutters search
  • Hollins, John; letters from search
  • Italy; stonecutters from search
  • Minor, Garrett (of Fredericksburg) search
  • Patton, Robert (d.1828) search
  • Perkins, Thomas; and stonecutters search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Michele; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Stevenson, George Pitt; death of search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; selects officers, staff, and workmen search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search