Monto Apr. 10. 23.
I recieved yesterday evening your favor of Mar. 31. acknoleging the rect of the remittance of 100.D. for the ornaments of my Bedford house, and I am particularly happy that it was in hand the very day which you had originally requested.
Your favor of Mar. 27. with that inclosed for mr Brock, was recd on the eve of the meeting of the visitors which took place on the 7th and was laid before them for decision on the articles of your account which mr Brockenbrough thought himself not authorised to allow. the charges for packing boxes, paper, carting, shipping & screws, amounting to 13.64 they unanimously thought just. on that for lead there was some difference of opn on considering the written agreement in the hands of mr Br. signed by yourself & him, in which the stipuln was that you would deliver the ornaments specified in Richmd at the prices expressed without a word said that the ‘lead was to be paid for extra.’ a majority however of the board, influenced by your declaration that it losing undertaking on your part, were of opinion it should be allowed and so ordered. on my shewing mr Br. the paper you inclosed me (and now returned) signed by himself, solemnly protested that the words ‘lead to be paid for extra’ in the 2d line of this paper, and the words ‘the whips of lead to be paid for extra’ in the 6th line were not in it when he signed the paper, and he observed that in both were crowded in a smaller hand into parts of lines which had been left vacant. this however was a question into which the board not entered these appear to be over-charges in the following articles of acct
|Pavilions||No 1. 3. 7. charges of 3/6 N.Y. currly inst. of 36. cents pr foot|
|No 2. 4. 8. over charges of ½ cent on each article|
|No 8. 3/6 N.Y. currency instead of 30. cents|
In the agreemt in mr Br’s hand signed by yourself & him the articles at 36. cents are distinctly written. in that inclosed they are also distinctly but there appears a fine stroke drawn between the 3 and the 6 thus 3/6 with s. & d so that it reads 3/6 cents per foot which is unintelligible and denied by mr Br so in the articles of Nos 2. 4. 8. the ½ cent is not in the agreemt signed by both and in that now inclosed seems to be .
in an article of No 8. the 30. cents are clearly written in both copies of the agreemt but extended in your acct @ 3/6 N.Y. money, a currency in which it does not seem probable that mr Br would make an agreemt here. one article remains for . mr Br. & mr Dinsmore positively declare that not a single oxscull for the Dorics in No 2. & No 5. is come; that none are come longer than 4⅝ I. which fit the Ionic frizes & no more of these then enough for the Ionic frizes. the Doric metops being 8 I. sq. the one & 9. I. sq. the other would require larger than 4⅝ I. these two articles are charged in your acct 13.78 and 28.08 amounting to 41.86 enquiry seems to be necessary whether they have been omitted to be delivd in N.Y. or Richmd or whether they have miscarried between Richmd & this place. the 1st enquiry it will be easiest for yourself to make, the latter will be incumbent on mr Br. if lost after delivery at Richmd the loss is our’s, if before we shall hope you will supply them, and in the mean time it is thot fair to suspend the payment on the whole the
result seems to be as follows
|the charges for lead, boxes, paper, carting, shipping, screws, allowed||74.12|
|the other articles extendd accdg to agremt (if all were here) would be||382.39|
|making (instead of 487.46 as pr your acct)||456.51||(to wit 30.95 loss)|
|but suspending until due enquiry||41.86|
|leaves to be remitted at present||414.65|
I shall advise mr Br. to make this remittance by a note of one of our banks or some bank in N.Y. as you seem to have approved of that mode in my case, and it can be instantly done. should your draught on be presented he will of course refer it back to you
The brittleness of the material, however carefully handled, occasions some loss. it does not answer our purpose so well as the putty composn which it was supposed the simple term composition used in the agreemt implied in understanding and the more in our case as you had made some of putty while here to shew that you were familiar with the subject. I am in hopes our loss by breakage may not be such as to occasion a deficit, and with hope that the ox sculls will still be found I salute you with frdship and respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.