Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 7 June 1819

Charlottesville June 7th 1819

Dear Sir,

I must again trouble you on the subject of the University. In making the contracts for the brick work, I had placed the undertakers upon the same footing, but Mr Perry objects to it stating that the payment is not agreeable to his propositions which Runs Thus “and the brick work for the said buildings the same that Genl Cocke paid Whitelaw, making an allowance for the difference in hawling sand and finding brick wood—” he continds agreeable to his proposition that he is to be paid in proportion to the distance the sand was hawled over the distance Whitelaw got his, & also that he must be allowed for his wood altho in Genl Cockes agreement there is nothing said about wood except that Whitelaw “is to find all and do all”—this would not have made so much difference with Mr Perry, but as he has conveyed his ideas of the business to Carter & Philip, they also contend for the same, alledging they undertook the work upon the faith of your letter stating that 11½ & 20. were the prices given for all the work except the quantity received for them—they now say if Perry is to have more they must also—you will please let me know what was your understanding as I can’t undertake to say that any one of them shall have more than 11½ & 20—

I have heared nothing of the Pipe borer yet the overseer at the University says he can bore them had we not better put him at it—

I enclose a small sketch of the 2nd floor of the Pavilion No 2 will not be better to adopt it? if you think so you will please direct Dinsmore to do so—it saves the running of the 2nd staircase immediately before the front door—

I shall set out for Richd this evening, you will please make any communication to me at that place that you think proper—Mr Ware sets out for Phila this evening to bring on his hands

I am Sir Your Obt Servt

A. S. Brockenbrough

P.S. Genl Cocke requested me to make out the difference in cost of two plans for the hotels the first adopted with the dormitories & the one he recommended you will please send me the drawing he sent you, & a sketch of Hotel & dormitory first adopted, or leave them so that I can get them if I should not come up before your departure for Bedford.

A. S. B–

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