Thomas Jefferson Papers

Arthur S. Brockenbrough to Thomas Jefferson, with Jefferson’s Note to John H. Cocke, 12 October 1819

From Arthur S. Brockenbrough, with Jefferson’s Note to John H. Cocke

University October 12h 1819

Dear Sir

Mr Nelson has come over to do the work of Pavilion No 5–Before I knew it was your and General Cockes intention that Mr Nelson should have Pavilion 5, I had made an arrangement with a young man to do a part of the work and he has gone on to collect materials and prepare for the making the window frames for the Cellar & first story, the only part except the first floor of Joists, and the inside finishing doors & windows1 of the first story engaged to him—I am certainly desirous that Mr Nelson should have the Pavilion, but having made this previous engagement with a Mr Spooner for the above part of the work, I feel myself bound to let him go on with it that far, but Mr Nelson in a very cerly mood refuses to let him go on with any part of the work, the work was given to this young man, without my knowing Mr Nelson was to execute any part of it and again in order that the brick work might not be delayed a moment—You will see Mr Nelson this morning, I must beg the favor of you (as he is not disposed to hear any thing I have to say on the subject) to explain to him the situation of the business—If you think I must discard this young man notwithstanding the expence & trouble he has been at to provide materials & prepare the work, I will do so, otherwise I shall let him go on with the part engaged to him as it does not or will not interfere with Mr Nelsons part of the work—as to the execution of it I have no fear of it’s not being well done—as soon as your health will permit I shall be glad to hear from you on this subject—wishing you a speedy recovery I am Sir most respectfully your Obt Sevt

A. S. Brockenbrough

[Note on address cover (faint) in hand of Martha Jefferson Randolph:]

T. Jefferson being unable to write begs the favor of General Cocke to decide up[on] the business of this letter him self

RC (ViU: TJP-Co); addressed (torn): “[. . .] Jefferson Esqr Monticello” and redirected in the hand of Martha Jefferson Randolph to “[Gener]al Cocke Bremo”; endorsed by Cocke.

pavilion no 5 was later renumbered Pavilion IX.

1Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters from search
  • building materials; bricks search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and University of Virginia construction search
  • Neilson (Nelson), John; as builder for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); as TJ’s amanuensis search
  • Spooner, George Wilson; as builder for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; committee of superintendence search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Pavilion IX search