Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 2 November 1821

To Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Monticello Nov. 2. 21.

Dear Sir

I met mr Oldham yesterday on my return from the University, and he delivered his complaints for want of money. I told him he should be paid on a settlement of his accounts, and that if you could not agree together I knew that you would arbitrate. he writes me to-day that you do not think yourself at liberty to agree to any arbitrators but mr Divers & mr Minor. certainly my confidence in their judgment & independance is very strong, yet I leave the naming arbitrators wholly and entirely to yourself; and as these differences with the workmen must be settled at last, I believe the sooner the better, by any fair arbitrators, and we must acquiesce in their decision. I salute you with friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. a mutual negative on the choice of arbitrators would I think be fair & proper but do in this as you please

RC (ViU: TJP-PP); between signature and postscript: “Mr Brockenbrough”; endorsed by Brockenbrough. FC (DLC); abstract in TJ’s hand on verso of reused address cover to TJ, reading in full: “leaving him at entire liberty to arbitrate with the undertakers by what arbitrators he pleases & recommendg to do it at once. and that a mutual negative on the choice of Arbitrators would be fair and proper. but to do as he pleases”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters to search
  • Divers, George; and University of Virginia search
  • Minor, Peter; and University of Virginia search
  • Oldham, James; as builder for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; disputes with workmen search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; TJ visits Grounds search