Staunton August 1st 1822
I received your favor this day Stating that I informd you that can put on a squaire a day. my Self and apprentice never did put on but verry little more than a squaire in a day nor do I beleave any man can do it, so I must have said we Could insted of my Self as to the price it was 5d not 5d 75 as to the Simplisity of the work I beleve a Carefull tinplateworker will Save as mutch tin as will pay any negros wages and a greate deale over if you will put youre self to the troble to Examen the Seames of work don on the west range you will find that thare is a considerable more tin put on that building then I put on buildings of the same sise. the machine comes next I have seene it and I would venter all that I posess if disposed to bet that I can turne more tin in three hours than Can be turnd with it in a day as to the cost of the covering that the negro don I think from the time he was covering the building next the roads thare Could be no Calculation made for it was a long time and I think I was in that nabourhood twiste and it was not half done when I was thare last and I think it seven or Eight weeks from the first to the last time I heard severel say from the waist of tin and the lenght of time Spent it would be Cheaper to give me my prise than otherwise in my other letter I laid down a rule by whitch you Could assertain the difference in time betweene [. . .] putting tin and wood but you have over looked it sapose I was to go from home forty or fifty miles to put on 20 squaire at 2d 50 what would I make it would take my self and a nother hand a bout a month frome the time we left home till we returned I Could not get any Jorneman to work out for less than twenty dollars and his board and washing which would cost me nearly twelve dollars which would be 32d then I would have 18d for my months work and traveling Expence which would be if I went in the stage about seven dollars, and the weare and tarse of Close would bring it down to but a trifle. yess to less than ten dollars besides I must always give one dollar for the carriage of the machine it was to bring it down to five dollars in the than I Earent Every weeke when I worked peace work in baltemore I would heare mention that five dollars is the least that I have heard of it Should be a good price because it is ingerous to the Eyes no pirson can work at it unless thare eys are verry good it has worsted mine some I would not accuse you with aiming at doing me an enjurey no Sir I beleave you would not harme any man if you new it but I must insist upon it that you have not had an opper tunity of Judging what it is worth to cover with tin because it allways took us both about or many days as thare was squaires and I am Convinced that we could put more on than any three men.
I am thankful for your attention and esteem to me and sorry that I have to troble you so mutch as to ask the same favour a second time
A. H. Brooks
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.