Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 8 February 1822

To Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Monticello Feb. 8. 22.

Dear Sir

On Sunday last I recieved a letter from the Governor informing me the balance of the last loan, 30,900. D was now ready for us and might be drawn for as soon as I should send a bond for it. I executed and inclosed the bond to him the same day, and I presume it went by Tuesday’s mail; I am ready therefore to authorise any draught within that amount that the bursar chuses: and my opinion would be to draw for and pay every settled debt we owe in the world at once. our affairs would then stand on simpler ground.—I think we should have cornices in all the rooms of the Western hotels. if Architraves & frizes1 would cost more than plaister, these may be omitted.

I am anxiously waiting for weather & roads to go with mr Coffee to the University that he may see for what he can do the ornaments of the frizes in some of the best rooms. I salute you with friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP-PP); at foot of text: “Mr Brokenbrough”; endorsed by Brockenbrough. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of James Breckinridge to TJ, 27 Nov. 1819; endorsed by TJ.

1Word interlined in place of “cornices.”

Index Entries

  • architecture; architectural ornaments search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters to search
  • building materials; plaster search
  • Coffee, William John; fashions ornaments for University of Virginia search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); as Literary Fund president search
  • roads; poor condition of search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; hotels search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; ornamental work search
  • weather; effect on travel search