Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 29 March 1821

University March 29h 1821

Dear Sir

In reply to your note of yesterday enquiring the cost of a Tuscan base & cap,—the Doric base & capitol, & the Ionic & Corinthian bases, and also an exact estimate of the cost of the Library as near as I can come—I send you the within calculations which are accurate as I can make them—

$  .cts
Cost of Tuscan base, for Quarrying 1 .60
 " Waggonage   .42
 " cuting 6 .44 $8 .46
 “ Tuscan Cap, Quarrying 0 .84
Waggonage 0 .32
Cuting 5 .17  6 .33

The cost of the Doric, bases & caps of Pav: 4 West nearly the same

Doric of Pavilion No. 1 W. Base for Quarrying 12 .80
Waggonage  1 .67
Workmanship 31 .50  45 .97
  Cap “  Quarrying 11 .20
Waggonage 1 .67
Working  26 .50  39 .37
Ionic Base Quarrying  $10 .75
Waggonage 1 .67
Working 29 .06  41 .48
Corinthian Base Quarrying 10 .50
Waggonage 1 .67
Work 27 .50 39 .67

we have had a considerable number of door sills, worked & a quantity of steps—at 25c the superficial foot—

Estimate of the cost of the Library

1.050.670 bricks @ 11.$ pr M. 11.567 .37
10 Bases, 8. half do.—24 Window sills—2 door do.—1056 feet of steps runing measure—Pedestal Cuping and base and flaging for portico 2.884 .30
Covering dome & Portico with Tin 1.840 .00
Carpenters Work & Materials 20 circular Windowframes—2 door—4 front Window do—2 floors Joints & the entire external finish of Portico, Entablature, dome room, attic &c &c 9.031 .19
 Total for the Walls & external finish 25.322 .86
Carpenters & Joiners work internally 2 Stories 7.176 .30
 do do & materials for terras on each side 2.500 .00
 Iron railing 1.500 .00
 Painting & Glazing 1.800 .—
 Plastering 2.000 .00
 Iron mongery about 1.000
 $41.299 .16

the foregoing estimate is agreeable to my best judgment I may have unintentionally omited some of the charges—in what I have put down I have endeavored to come as near as I could to the cost. I submit the whole to your better judgement & am sir most respectfully your obt sert

A. S. Brockenbrough

ViU: Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).

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