Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joshua M. Stokes to Thomas Jefferson, 4 July [1819]

From Joshua M. Stokes

Petersburg July 4th 1818 [1819]

Dear Sir

I hope you will pardon me for the liberty I take in addressing you these few lines without having a personal acquaintance. I am at this time a resident of this place where business of every kind seems to be at a stand particularly in the way of my profession being a mechanic by trade a painter & Glazier & having a family to support and not a friend to idleness I feel very desirous of getting Work to do and Sir seeing your name associated in an advertisement1 with that of the Contractors for the Building of the University of Virga near Sharlotesville Va I have thought proper to offer my Services and should their be occation for such Work being done I have to request that you will inform me on receipt of this. having formerly done work in that place as well as Petersburg I can obtain Such recommendations as will be Satisfactory

Yours very respectfully

Joshua M Stokes

RC (ViU: TJP); misdated; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 4 July 1819 received 27 July 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Joshua Dodge, 22 Aug. 1819, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Albemarle County”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked. Enclosed in TJ to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 29 July 1819.

1Preceding three words interlined.

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Advertisement for Workmen for the University of Virginia search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Stokes, Joshua M.; letter from search
  • Stokes, Joshua M.; seeks employment at University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; painters and glaziers for search