Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 17 August 1819

To Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Poplar Forest. Aug. 17. 19.

Th Jefferson incloses to mr Brockenbrough two letters merely because they relate to his department. Andrei who writes one, is a great artist & excellent man, and his recommendation would be weighty if we wanted the workmen he recommends1 at all. Gorman will be with you within not many days. he has worked here under my eye about 3 weeks, dressing and laying some hearthstones and marble slabs. I find him well informed, industrious very skilful, sober & good humored, and think he will be a valuable acquisition. he understands the business from the quarrying to conducting the work to the outlines for the Sculptor. I salute you with friendship and respect.

RC (ViU: TJP-PP); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr A. S. Brockenbrough Charlottesville”; franked; postmarked New London, 19 Aug.; endorsed by Brockenbrough. Not recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Jeremiah Sullivan and Theophilus Pettigrue to TJ, 9 Aug. 1819. (2) Giovanni Andrei to TJ, 10 Aug. 1819.

1Reworked from “recommenes” to “recommeneds.”

Index Entries

  • Andrei, Giovanni; recommends J. Sullivan search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters to search
  • building materials; marble search
  • Gorman, John; as stonecutter search
  • Gorman, John; TJ recommends search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • marble; in Va. search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); stonework at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Sullivan, Jeremiah; seeks employment at University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search