Thomas Jefferson Papers

William McClain to University of Virginia Board of Visitors, 9 April 1821

William McClain to University of Virginia Board of Visitors

Fort Monroe H R Apl 9th 1821


I beg leave to make the Inquiry of you. To Know if there are any Marble Mantle Pieces wanted for your New colage, If so I believe I can furnish them on better terms than any other person, As I have had ninteen from Philadelphia For Sale at Norfolk, Six of which I have disposed of at this place to Col Gratiot for Head quarters, with which he appears much pleased, The Thirteen remaining on Hand are very Superb (except Two which are plain) Two years ago such mantles would sell for 120$ pr piece They can Now be deliverd to your colage for Ninty Dollars complete with Hearths And if Backs & Jambs should be wanted they can be furnished for Ten dollars pr Sett, If you should want any, or all, of them I can furnish them on better Terms than you can get them else where, I Refer you to Mr Campbell for my Character as a workman, If you should conclude to take any of them. Please let me Know the nearest water Carriage to the place of deposit

With Respect I Remain Yr Obt St

Wm McClain

N.B direct to me to the care of Mr A Bartle Hampton Va

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 16 Apr. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (NHi: Thomas Jefferson Papers); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Taylor, 17 June 1821, on verso; addressed: “For The President & Directors of the New College at Charlottesville Virginia”; stamped; postmarked Hampton, 9 Apr.

H R: Hampton Roads.

Index Entries

  • Bartle, Andrew search
  • building materials; marble search
  • Campbell, Mr.; as reference for W. McClain search
  • Gratiot, Charles search
  • marble; for University of Virginia search
  • McClain, William; letter from, to University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • McClain, William; sells building materials search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and construction of University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; letter to, from W. McClain search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; marble for search