Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: William J. Coffee’s Memorandum on His Work at the University of Virginia, [ca. 25 June 1822]


William J. Coffee’s Memorandum on His Work at the University of Virginia

[ca. 25 June 1822]

Progress of the work for the University

I find I have taken this Worke much too Low I now think by $200. for have been obliged to model Every distinct ornament for the Purpose the Last of thease models I have now in hand, I then have to repeat Each of theas for thee Quantey the Siz of thee Entablatures theare thee Led Ornaments Verey Larg which is Verey difficult to Cast that difficulty however I have surmounted and the Casts of Boath Entablature are Just Brought in by the Founders Each distinct Cast of theas Led ornaments Cost me 75 Cents the Founders Chargex then thare has been my attendans and the modeling of this alone of Each ornament would be Eaquel to the Price I have afixe’d and agreed to take, I shall Endevour to send them to the tim apointed and when theey are on the ground must Leave my under Value to your Judgment and thee Honor of The Proctor

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 222:39679); entirely in Coffee’s hand; originally conjoined with covering letter; undated.

Authorial notes

[The following note(s) appeared in the margins or otherwise outside the text flow in the original source, and have been moved here for purposes of the digital edition.]

x x for workman ship onely with out the Led or the finishing them from the sand which I have to do my self

Index Entries

  • architecture; architectural ornaments search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Coffee, William John; fashions ornaments for University of Virginia search
  • Coffee, William John; Memorandum on His Work at the University of Virginia search
  • lead; architectural ornaments of search
  • sand search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; ornamental work search