Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Richard M. Burke to Nelson Barksdale, 6 April 1819

Richmond. Apl 6th 1819


Having noticed your advertisement in The Richmond Enquirer of the 12th of last march Requesting proposals for the Several Works Contemplated to Erect an University for the state of Virginia near Charlottesville

Beg leave to Request you will Have the goodness to Inform me by Return of post Whether you have made any Engagements Relative to the Carpenters and joiners worke

Would be willing to undertake Such part of the carpenters and joiners worke that I Could with any Degree of Certainty Compleat within the time you perscribe

Should it meet your approbation I Would feel Inclined to contract for the Sashes frames Doors & & have them made at my Shop here, in Such [. . .] and quantity as may be Stipulated Within the Time limited, and to correspond in Terms agreeable To the Intention of your advertisement

Your Reply Will With, Such communication as you may think necessary To Inform me for my government Enable me to Explain further

Will afford you Every Satisfactory Refference for my Ability In the performance of any Engagement I make I presume my Experence in Building. I can personally testify to your Satisfaction.

I Will be plain to Say I am free from any particular Engagement for the Ensuing Season and Would Wish to Devote my time Exclusively to the Worke under your Direction

I am sir your Very obliged obedient Servant

Richard M Burke


please to Direct Richard M. Burke. Richmond Via

should you think it necessary I will personally See you


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