Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 3 November 1821

To Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Monticello Nov. 3. 21.

Dear Sir

I have recieved your favor of yesterday, and should really think that as we have no such profession as that of measurer in our part of the country, we are under no obligation to seek them from other and distant places. if there be a difference on the mode of measuring, that might be arbitrated as well as any thing else.

Did we not on some occasion lay it down with the undertakers that messrs Divers and Minor were to be the general Arbitrators? I have some thought we did and that mr Dinsmore particularly1 will recollect it.2 if we did not, then to be sure the other party has an equal right in naming. but I think both should have a negative on the choice of the other. affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP-PP); at foot of text: “Mr Brockenbrough”; endorsed by Brockenbrough. Dft (DLC); written on a narrow slip, with unrelated calculations in an unidentified hand on recto; endorsed by TJ.

1Word interlined.

2Preceding eight words interlined in Dft.

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters to search
  • Dinsmore, James; as builder for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Divers, George; and University of Virginia search
  • Minor, Peter; and University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; disputes with workmen search