Thomas Jefferson Papers

Absalom H. Brooks to Thomas Jefferson, 25 July 1822

From Absalom H. Brooks

Staunton July 25 1822


you will please to Excuse me for wrighing to you also Excuse the many faults that will be in this letter as I have had only about three quorters Scooling. I was informed last fall that you Said that a tin roofe Could be put on for the same price1 „that a Joint Shingle roofe was done for„ which is $2„50 for Squaire„ I find it is likeley to keep me from getting the Covering of the buckenham Court house which enduceses me to make so free as to lay down a rule by which you will be the better able to make up youre mind 1 Joint Shingle will make 4 Inches by 6 the Carpenter has to take up one Shingle and lay it down and take up 1. naile and Drive it and then done. but the tinner has to take up one pece and slip it under the Edge of the other and then hammer it Smooth the length of ten Inches and then take up the punch and make three holes lay back the punch and get three nailes drive them turne the tin over the heads and hammer severel time over to get it Smooth and to lye [Closte] the tin will make 5½ by 8 Inche2 I think when you take it into Consideration you will think quite diffirentley also when I informe you that I beleave that myself and apprentice Can put on more tin than any three men3 in the same time and I also beleve that a man well acquainted with working tin well save a box in every 8 squaire„ owing to the wet weather while I worked at youre office I had to work verry hard when the weather would admit So that I think it would not be fair to Judge from my work while under youre inspection pirsons are frequentley rong in making up thare minds as Mr Brockenbrough was about Cuting tin he brought me from two a box to one Shortley I hired a Journaman his wages board and washing Cost me a bout $27 pr month and he Could not Cut and macheine 1 box a day you will see thare was a littel loss to me. but my apprentice Could Cut nearley a box and half a [day]4 and macheine it

as to the Covering thare Should be a good price for it it is ingeoreous to the Iyes and very disagreable work espesuley in hot weather

yourse Respectfuley

A H Brooks

I hope you will do me the favour to Send me a few lines

RC (DLC); one word illegible; endorsed by TJ as received 27 July 1822 and so recorded in SJL.

youre office: Monticello’s North Pavilion.

1Manuscript: “pric,” interlined.

2Preceding eight words interlined.

3Manuscript: “me.”

4Omitted word editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brooks, Absalom H.; and Buckingham Co. courthouse search
  • Brooks, Absalom H.; and Monticello’s North Pavilion search
  • Brooks, Absalom H.; and University of Virginia search
  • Brooks, Absalom H.; as tinsmith search
  • Brooks, Absalom H.; letters from search
  • Buckingham County, Va.; new courthouse in search
  • building materials; nails search
  • building materials; shingles search
  • building materials; tin search
  • health; vision loss search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); North Pavilion search
  • nails; as building material search
  • punches (tools) search
  • tin; roofs search
  • tools; punches search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; tinsmiths search
  • weather; heat search
  • weather; rain search
  • wood; shingles search