Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 29 August 1819

To Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Poplar Forest Aug. 29. 19.

Dear Sir

I inclose you a letter recommending a mr James Wade of Lynchburg for the conducting water to the University. I have other satisfactory information, of his skill, industry and fidelity to his engagements. he will undertake to work at the Philadelphia prices, whatever they are, altho’ he does not know what they are. he will come the moment you call for him but says the timber had better not be cut until the last of Sep. he considers white oak as far the best & most durable & prefers joining the logs by wrought iron boxes & iron hoops on their ends. if you have no one engaged, you cannot do better than to employ him, and in that case he expects you will drop him a line, fixing the time when you would wish him to come. I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP-PP); at foot of text: “Mr Brockenbrough”; endorsed by Brockenbrough, in part, as “Recg J. Wade Pipe borer.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Laval to TJ, 22 July 1819; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Samuel J. Harrison to TJ, 25 Aug. 1819.

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters to search
  • building materials; logs search
  • building materials; timber search
  • iron; mentioned search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • pipes, water; for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; wages for workmen search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; water pipes for search
  • Wade, James; seeks employment at University of Virginia search
  • Wade, James; TJ recommends search
  • water; pipes search
  • wood; for water pipes search