Thomas Jefferson Papers

Arthur S. Brockenbrough to Thomas Jefferson, 1 July 1819

From Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Richmond July 1st 1819

Dear Sir,

I have recd your letter of the 27th and shall attend to the contents—Mr Ware writes me from Philadelphia that the vessel he intends coming round in will sail on the 26th I look for him daily and shall accompany him and his brickmakers &c up, or be there about the same time, he states, Stone cutters can be had for $1.50 ⅌ day by paying their expences from Philadelphia to the University, I should prefer employing them by the job or piece, and have a letter from a man now before [me]1 that intends to come on from Philaa to examine the quarry &c before he makes his propositions, I have also some prospect of geting the bases & caps cut at one of the quarries on the river & sent up, and in order to get the proper size I have requested Mr Dinsmore to send me down a sketch of them that the undertaker may ascertain what he can furnish them for—I shall try and be with you before you depart for Bedford if you do not go before the 7th. the difficulty of procuring lumber will be very great. I am Sir respectfully your obt Sert

A. S. Brockenbrough

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received 8 July 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (ViU: TJP); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to D. Mariano, 28 Dec. 1820, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 2 July.

1Omitted word editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • boats; carriage to and from Richmond search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters from search
  • building materials; lumber search
  • Dinsmore, James; as builder for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • lumber; used at University of Virginia search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • quarries; in Va. search
  • Richmond, Va.; boat carriage to and from search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; wages for workmen search
  • Virginia; quarries in search
  • Ware, Richard; and builders for University of Virginia search
  • Ware, Richard; as carpenter for University of Virginia search