Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 2 July 1819

To Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Monticello July 2. 19.

Dear Sir

Our two Italian Sculptors arrived at Charlottesville the evening before last and we have to make immediate1 provision to reimburse to mr Hollins of Baltimore the sums he has been called on for on their arrival. mr Appleton found it necessary to advance to each of them 200.D. apiece to prepare for their voyage and to leave some provision for their families, at a loss of exchange too of 10. p. cent. he drew also in favor of Capt Concklin for their passages 140.D. each, and mr Hollins2 furnished money for some necessaries there and the expences of their journey, so that the whole sum to be paid him amounts to 840.D. for which sum I inclose you mr Garret’s draught on the President Etc of the literary fund, the proceeds of which should be remitted to mr Hollins without any delay, as he is one of those who has suffered by the difficulties of the times, and mentions that his situation does not permit him to be in advance. the mode of remittance at present I understand to be very embarrassing. for this operation I propose that you should advise with mr W. C. Nicholas. my hope is that on your deposit of the order or the money in the bank of which he is President, they will give you a check on the br. bk of the US. at Baltimore, or some other there, in favor of mr Hollins. in this or any other way you can however be so good as to effect the remittance immediately. that being done I think your presence here immediately is indispensably necessary. these men are to be lodged, boarded & set to work. this requires the Quarriers to get to work for raising the stone, common stone cutters to prepare the blocks and other arrangements to get them under way. the Philadelphia workmen will need your presence also for a short time to set them to work, point out the place for their brickyard and other particulars better known to you than myself. in the present unsettled state of things I cannot think of leaving the place for Bedford until your arrival here, and the delay is very distressing to me. I must therefore beseech you the moment the remittance to mr Hollins is effected, to come hither without delay, to discharge me and set every body to work, which I think can be quickly done, and you be at liberty to return. I count on being able to depart myself within 24. hours after your arrival here. in anxious expectation therefore of seeing you I salute you with esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP-PP); at foot of first page: “Mr Brockenbrough”; endorsed by Brockenbrough, with his additional notation above endorsement: “$840 remited to J. Hollins.” PoC (DLC); on reused cover addressed in an unidentified hand to Marcus Escopiniche; with opening written separately by TJ (see note 1 below); endorsed by TJ. PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 216:38498); incomplete and fragmentary scrap, consisting of salutation and left half of first two lines; with summary of TJ to John Laval, 15 July 1819 (see note to Laval to TJ, 22 July 1819), on verso. Enclosure not found.

The italian sculptors were Giacomo Raggi and Michele Raggi.

1Text to this point written separately in RC and complete PoC.

2Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; and stonecutters for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; Richmond branch of (subentry to be split apart as time permits) search
  • Bank of the United States, Second; Baltimore branch of search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters to search
  • Concklin, Mr. (ship captain) search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Hollins, John; and stonecutters search
  • Italy; stonecutters from search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • quarries; in Va. search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Michele; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search
  • Virginia; Literary Fund search
  • Virginia; quarries in search