Thomas Jefferson Papers

Andrew Smith to Thomas Jefferson, 16 April 1821

From Andrew Smith

Richmond 16th April 1821


On the 24th of Octr I had the honor to address you, acknowledging receipt of the amount of your Draft on Bernard Peyton Esqr, &c.

I think I already took the liberty of informing you that I had resumed the Agency of the “Boston Glass Compy,” and Should be gratified to receive your future orders—

Presuming that the “Central College” will now progress rapidly to completion, and that it is your desire it should be composed of the best materials, I beg permission to state, as a well ascertained fact, that for Strength and brilliancy the “Boston Crown Glass” far excells any other in the World, and, altho’ it may cost rather more at first, it eventually proves by far the most economical. I trust therefor, Sir, you may see the propriety of recommending the use of this Glass in preference to any other, and that I may in due time be favor’d with orders from the contractors, for Such as may be wanted, under an assurance of my being able to deliver it to them, at the landing in Richmond, on as good terms as if they were to send the money to purchase it at the Manufactory in Boston—and then pay freight and charges besides;

I ask permission also, to hand for your perusal two printed papers relative to the “Roman Cement” made in London, and lately introduced into the U, States; an article getting much in repute at the North, and may be found important about the College, as well as in your Individual Improvments—for Sales of this article I have lately received an Agency, and shall be pleased to furnish yourself, or the Contractors for the College, on as low terms as it can be imported,

I pray you, Sir, to excuse this liberty

I am Respectfully Sir Your obedt Servt

Andw Smith

RC (ViU: TJP-PP); mistakenly endorsed by TJ as a letter of 10 Apr. 1821 received nine days later and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed with correct date of composition by Arthur S. Brockenbrough. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Harner, 17 June 1821, on verso; addressed: “The Honble Thos Jefferson Monticello Albemarle County”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 16 Apr. Enclosed in TJ to Brockenbrough, 20 Apr. 1821.

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  • Boston, Mass.; glass from search
  • Boston Glass Manufactory search
  • building materials; cement, Roman search
  • building materials; window glass search
  • cement; Roman search
  • glass, window; Boston search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Smith, Andrew; and cement search
  • Smith, Andrew; as Boston Glass Manufactory agent search
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  • Smith, Andrew; TJ’s debt to search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; building materials for search