Monto Jan. 13. 24.
When we began our buildings at our University, adopted it as a rule that we would be governed in all our prices by those established by long experience & due competn in Phila, and you were so bind as to procure & send me the printed book of Carpenter’s prices, in the other branches of work we have been able in different ways to learn your prices, except of plaisterer’s work, of these we have never been able to get satisfy informn and the acct being a very Large on (12, or 14,000.D.) our Proctor thinks it worth while to go on with our plaisterer to ascertain them, as he is a perfect stranger there I take the liberty of putting him into your hands in perfect confidence that you will be so kind as to advise him in his proceedings so that he may be assured of obtaining fair & full informn. on his enquiries, to obtain a just settlement entirely impartial between employer & undertaker. he, , is the person who in the office of Proctor to the Univty has intended the whole of our works from the begg is a skilful house carpenter himself, and a person of the most perfect integrity & worth, & in whom no confidence can be misplaced. he will show the plan of our establmt, the last building of which is now in hand. when this shall be done, the whole will have cost about 300 M.D. will be a perfect model of classical architecture, and on the whole will vie in taste & appearance with any thing in the US. I take very sincere interest in your health happiness & prosperity and shall be very happy to learn that all these have been continued to you, and repeat to you the assurances of my constant esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.