Thomas Jefferson Papers

Archibald Stuart to Thomas Jefferson, 24 March 1821

From Archibald Stuart

Staunton 24th March 1821—

Dear Sir

Having been advised by our Townsman Dabney Cosby of his intention to apply for part of the Brick work to be done at the University; I have examined some of the work he has done during the last season & find it executed in a very handsome Style—Allowing for the difference of the bricks which are inferior to yours, I think it would bear a comparison with the work done at the University: & I have now no doubt from the late Specimens of his Work should he be employed he will give Satisfaction to the Visitors—

I am sorry that the firkin of butter which was made for you in Octr was by mistake sent off with several others to Richmond & one made in the summer left in its place which on examination Mrs Stuart would not agree to send—

I am Dr Sir yours very affectionately

Arch: Stuart

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Mar. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Nathaniel H. Loring, 8 Aug. 1822, on verso; addressed: “The honble Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello” and “favd by Mr Cosby.”

Index Entries

  • butter; sent to TJ search
  • Cosby, Dabney; as brick mason for University of Virginia search
  • Cosby, Dabney; recommendations of search
  • food; butter search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Stuart, Archibald; and brick masons for University of Virginia search
  • Stuart, Archibald; letters from search
  • Stuart, Archibald; sends butter to TJ search
  • Stuart, Eleanor Briscoe (Archibald Stuart’s wife); and butter for TJ search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; selects officers, staff, and workmen search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; brick makers and brick masons search