Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 20 October 1820

To Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Oct. 20. 20.

Th:J. to mr Brockenborough.

I think the raising the windows above the floor will be proper for the reason you mention. with respect to the arches & entablature of Hotel A. there would be 3. modes of doing it. 1. to make the arches of the width of those of the dormitories. but this would make the piers too heavy. 2. to raise the entablature1 as you propose, the2 objection to which is the breaking the line of the entablature. 3. to lower the arches of the hotel by making them semioval, to wit [4].I.3 lower4 than the semicircle would be. [n]ot [be]ing certain that I comprehend exactly your difficulty I leave the 2. last modes to yourself, having a better opinion myself of the 3d. your decision on this will perhaps determine you whether to let the entabl. of the dormitories finish against the flank of A.

I approve of enlarging the flank arches to the width of those in front to give a better view of the internal range. I wish you may buy the tinner it will save great expence at first and be ready for repairs. money will be on hand as soon as the Literary board can have a meeting. friendly salutations

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Brockenbrough to TJ; mutilated at seal, with one word rewritten by TJ; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.

1Word interlined in place of “cornice.”

2Manuscript: “th.”

3Number illegible.

4Word interlined in place of “less.”

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters to search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • slaves; work at Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; African Americans (free and enslaved) employed at search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; design of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; dormitory rooms search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Hotel B search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; tinsmiths at search