Thomas Jefferson Papers

Arthur S. Brockenbrough to Thomas Jefferson, 7 March 1822

From Arthur S. Brockenbrough

University Va March 7t ’22

Dear Sir,

Giacomo Raggi has worked, within six weeks of the time specified by contract including the lost time in going to Philadelphia, we have no more caps or bases to work, therefore I beg leave to suggest the propriety of discharging him at once, he is not disposed I find to give up a single day of his time, his work will not pay his board & extra: expences, or I would employ him in cuting steps, not having any stone at this time on hand he would necessarily loose some time,—

If you think proper to discharge him at this time what arrangement can be made for his passage money? and expences to some port to go from—I suppose some Gentleman of your acquaintance either in Philadelphia or New York would engage a passage for him and draw on us for the amount of it—Mr Cabell desired me to make his respects to you & inform you he would write you from Williamsburg as soon as he got there he left Richd on Sunday last

I am Sir most respectfully your Obt sevt

A. S. Brockenbrough

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received the day it was written and so recorded in SJL.

Giacomo Raggi’s account with the University of Virginia lists payments made to him between 17 Feb. 1819 and 21 Nov. 1821 totaling $719.08, as well as a settlement of $626.08 paid to Michele Raggi as of 8 Sept. 1820; details additional sums due to Giacomo Raggi on 8 Mar. 1822, including $1,578 for “3 years services” at $526 per year, $166.50 for “Passage money and expences to Baltimore,” $30 for expenses in Leghorn, $24 for half a supply of “Sea Stores,” $26.50 for “expences from Baltimore,” $7.50 for “½ Expences of boarding,” and $12 for “½ Amt of Tools furnished,” totaling $1,844.50; and shows a final balance due of $1,125.42 (MS in ViU: PP; in Brockenbrough’s hand; undated; with Raggi’s 9 Mar. 1822 receipt on verso acknowledging a draft for $1,125.42 from Alexander Garrett, “it being the balance in full for my services from 17 February eighteen hundred and nineteen to this time and including all demands for passage money & expences back to Italy and all other claims whatsoever against the University of Virginia or Thos Jefferson Esqr individually” [in Brockenbrough’s hand, signed by Raggi, witnessed by Paul Negrin]; docketed by Brockenbrough as settled 9 Mar. 1822).

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  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters from search
  • building materials; stone search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; sends greetings to TJ search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Negrin, Paul; as witness search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; account with University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Michele; as stonecutter at University of Virginia search
  • tools; mentioned search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; capitals for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonemasons search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; wages for workmen search