Thomas Jefferson Papers

Arthur S. Brockenbrough to Thomas Jefferson, 1 May 1820

From Arthur S. Brockenbrough

University May 1st 1820

Dear Sir,

I have procured you a pint of Oil of our painters, if you have any of the other plans of the Hotels drawn you will oblige by sending them, as it is important the timber should be cut for them as soon as possible, Hotel A on account of the flat roof being so large, will be difficult for that reason I believe I shall give it to Oldham the others being smaller & consequently less difficult in the management of the roof I intend for Spooner & Perry—Hotel A if placed in a line with the North flank wall of Pav: No 1. will have no dormitory attached to it as there is only 56 feet from the north flank to the alley or cross street runing up to the back of the dormitories,—I wish to see you also before we begin the foundations of the Hotels, as I find if we cut in the bank the depth of Hotel A we shall have a bank 7 feet high & then the cellar to dig out in order to save some labor I propose advancing the buildings a few feet in the street & then throwing the street more to the East I am Sir

respectfully your Obt Sevt

A. S. Brockenbrough

RC (ViU: TJP-PP); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 May 1820 and so recorded in SJL, where the entry for this letter was initially listed following that for letters received 31 Dec. 1819, but then canceled and interlined at 1 May 1820.

Missing letters from Brockenbrough to TJ of 18 Feb. and 7 Mar. 1820, not found, are recorded in SJL as received from the University of Virginia on 23 Feb. and 10 Mar. 1820, respectively. A missing letter from Brockenbrough to TJ with no date or place of origin is recorded in SJL as received 18 Apr. 1820.

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters from search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters from accounted for search
  • oil; for TJ search
  • Oldham, James; as builder for University of Virginia search
  • Perry, John M.; as builder for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Spooner, George Wilson; as builder for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; cellars search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Hotel A search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Pavilion I search