Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Yancey (1770-1857) to Thomas Jefferson, 4 July 1822

From Charles Yancey (1770–1857)

Buckingham July 4th 1822—

My dear Sir,

your highly esteemed favor of July last enclosing a draft for our Court house was duly received, and I owe an apology for not answering it earlier, which is as follows—upon the Submission of your plan to the board of Commissioners, it was disapproved, much to my mortification; and a plan adopted Similar to the Albemarle Court house, I still indulged the hope that before the work progressed too far to make a Change of the plan, that the strong objections to the plan would be manifested, and fortunately two of our Commissioners were Called over to Charlotte ville last month, while there they saw & heard from the members of the Court & bar the strong objections to the plan of your Court house, that they have Changed their opinion,1 & on Saturday last I obtained a board, when your plan was adopted entire with one dissintient only,—we have directed a wing on each Side, of 16 feet Sqr attached to the main building by an entry of eight feet with an arch on each Side, flat roof & colums to the wings, the propriety of which I doubt as they will not finish well to the porticoe of the main building, & being so much lower will obstruct air &C—their being no partition2 wall to support the outer walls we have thought it best to make the latter two bricks thick—Mr Brookes a tinner at the university has offered to do our roof, but having heard you had dismissed him for extravagance in price although a good tiner; we returned him for answer that, we would employ him to do our Court house if he would submit the price of the Work to you, in his proposals I think he offers to do the work for about $6.30. a Sqr the roof-guttering piping &C another Charge but I do not recollect the prices—we have determined to cover with Tin, as you advised, & any information you may Choose to afford us, eit[her] in relation to Mr Brookes, the price of Such work, & whether other persons than Mr Brooks, equally skilled in Tining Cannot be had; will be thankfully received3 by me who has already tresspased too much on your Valuable time, patience & goodness

with real & sincere regard, yr H Serv.

Charles Yancey—

P.S. the wings are intended for offices of the Clk of the superior & County Courts

RC (DLC); torn at seal; addressed: “The honorable Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; stamped; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL as received 10 July 1822.

1Manuscript: “opion.”

2Manuscript: “partion.”

3Manuscript: “recived.”

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; courthouse in search
  • Albemarle County Court, Va. search
  • Brooks, Absalom H.; and Buckingham Co. courthouse search
  • Buckingham County, Va.; clerk of search
  • Buckingham County, Va.; new courthouse in search
  • Buckingham County Court, Va. search
  • Buckingham County Superior Court of Law, Va. search
  • building materials; bricks search
  • building materials; tin search
  • gutters; for Buckingham Co. courthouse search
  • tin; roofs search
  • Yancey, Charles (1770–1857); and Buckingham Co. courthouse search
  • Yancey, Charles (1770–1857); letters from search