Ap. 24 1805
I had written to have the Hatteras sheets examined. I would like to know who Mr. Tatham is & to see his section of the Mississippi light house. On that subject I am still embarrassed notwithstanding Latrobe’s report which I send together with Lafon’s drafts & explanations. Shall the octogon or square form be preferred? Shall the building be left open or weatherbounded? Shall we use Mississippi cypress or more northern timber? How can a contract be made; or even proposals be issued, unless Mr. Latrobe himself will draw it, in order to ensure the necessary size &c of the several timbers? We have no model by which to go.
With great respect Your obedt. Sert.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.