Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Abraham Woglam to Nelson Barksdale, 30 March 1819

Philadelphia Mar 30th 1819


In the Democratic press of Philada I observed a publication wanting, workmen to lay one million of bricks, at the University of Virginia near Charlottsville, and according to the terms required for contracting for laying bricks and furnishing materials, I think will be a difficult thing for any one to undertake. I therefore propose as I am not very buisy this year to do it in this way and I think will come much cheaper and be better done, to Superintend the Mason & brick work a per day & with five or six bricklayers, which I could bring along with me, would be sufficient to put up all the brick walls, before the time required, and I presume there is stone masons, that could be had there to do the stone work & as to a recommendation of my Character as a workman and all other qualities I can furnish you with the signatures of the most respectable men in the city Philada

I have followed my business this twenty years as a master Employer. and if this meets your approbation, by sending me word what you would allow me per day & expences of coming there & at what time to come, I can be prepared to meet you or send you immediate answer

N.B. Jorneyman bricklayers may be had at from two Dollars & a quarter to two & half per day

I. Remain Yrs—&c

Abraham Woglam


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