Thomas Jefferson Papers

Arthur S. Brockenbrough to Thomas Jefferson, 12 August 1819

From Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Richmond Augt 12h 1819

Dear Sir,

Your two favors of the 28h and 29h have both followd me to Richmond where I am endeavouring to get my family and effects up to the University as soon as possible—nothing but the rivers being almost dry and the great scarcity of1 Waggons has prevented my being fixed up there in some way or other, (for Mr Perry has not yet given up the house)—I shall this evening write up to Mr Garrett to make the necessary enquiry respecting the case left by the Italians2 on board of the brig strong and request him to attend to the business and give me an exact statement of the contents &c from under their hands and enclose it to Mr H. as you direct—Col: Nicholas has remited the money to Mr Hollins & has his acknowledgement of the receipt of it (but3 it is since the 10h July)—

My agent whom I have sent up to stay untill I can get up with my family writes me pr last Mail, that the basement story of Pavilion No 1 is nearly up—that the Italians have cut three Bases, and one (as he states) Corinthian capital, I suppose he must allude to the leaf that they were requested to work out—Mr Ware writes me the stone is very hard and thinks will look well when worked—The stone cutter Mr Gorman if he understands any thing of quarrying will be a great acquisition to us at the University as our Philadelphia hands are not well acquainted with the business—I hope in a few days to be fixed up there when I shall be able to give you more satisfactory information—

Mr Garrett writes that Ware carries on his work in a very superior stile to any others at the University—To morrow I look for a Waggon that is to take my furniture up—with the highest respect I am Sir your Obt Sevt

A. S. Brockenbrough

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received 16 Aug. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (ViU: TJP); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to D. Mariano, 10 Sept. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Poplar Forest Bedford County” via “Lynchburg office”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Richmond, 13 Aug.

George W. Spooner (my agent) wrote Brockenbrough from Charlottesville on 9 Aug. 1819 (ViU: PP).

1Manuscript: “of of.”

2Manuscript: “Italiams.”

3Omitted opening parenthesis editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters from search
  • building materials; stone search
  • furniture; A. S. Brockenbrough’s search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Gorman, John; as stonecutter search
  • Hollins, John; and stonecutters search
  • Italy; stonecutters from search
  • James River; water level of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and University of Virginia search
  • Perry, John M.; house of search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Michele; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Rivanna River; water level of search
  • Spooner, George Wilson; as agent of A. S. Brockenbrough search
  • Strong (brig) search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Pavilion I search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search
  • wagons; mentioned search
  • Ware, Richard; as carpenter for University of Virginia search