Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Bevan to Thomas Jefferson, 10 September 1819

From John Bevan

Kilmarnock Lancaster county Sepr 10th 1819.


Having understood that a Painter could be employ’d on the buildings now erecting in Charlottsville intended for a Seminary &c I have asumed the liberty of soliciting work in the above branch, and to request yr oppinion on the propriety of the design of establishing myself as a Painter in said Town. Your well known liberality, and knowledge of the world, and its minutest concerns in business, will enable you to inform me—and I make no doubt, but, you will honour me with the best information on the subject; which is alone dictated by my moderate circumstances—

My being entirely unacquainted with the undertakers of the work, and not knowing any method as well calculated for full information, I have, I am afraid been troublesome and encroachd on yr time.

With considerations of the highest respect I am Sir Yr Obt Hbl Servt

John Bevan

RC (ViU: PP); with two endorsements by Arthur S. Brockenbrough identifying TJ as the addressee. Recorded in SJL as a letter from Bevan to TJ received 23 Sept. 1819. Possibly enclosed in Brockenbrough to TJ, 23 Sept. 1819, not found, recorded in SJL as received that same day from the University of Virginia. This missing letter could also have enclosed or discussed John M. Perry’s 23 Sept. 1819 receipt for a partial payment on land he had sold to the University of Virginia (see note to Brockenbrough to TJ, 4 Sept. 1819).

Index Entries

  • Bevan, John; letter from search
  • Bevan, John; seeks employment at University of Virginia search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters from accounted for search
  • Perry, John M.; sells land to Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; land for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; painters and glaziers for search