Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 27 May 1806

Wilmington Del. May 27th. 1806

Dear Sir,

Our Works at the Canal are 18 Miles from hence at the nearest point, and at present 6 Miles in extent. Our Clerk of the Works being absent & sick the whole weight of general & detailed direction has for two Months been on my shoulders, and on this acct. my daily occupation is uncertain as to it’s place. Owing to this circumstance your letter & the drawings you returned to me, did not reach me till yesterday evening tho’ Mrs. Latrobe sent them after me a fortnight ago. I immediately made a working drawing to regulate the foundations as they must be erected to answer the superstructure, which I now transmit to Mr Lenthall. I am under the absolute necessity of leaving town again in half an hour by the Stage,—for on the 30th. our directors meet, on the 2d June our stockholders, & the annual report is still to be made up, & the accounts settled.

As soon as the meeting breaks up, I shall depart for Washington, & be there next week without fail On Thursday I shall again be here & write much at large on the subject of this building.

I beg that you will have the goodness to forgive an apparent inattention, which arises from no cause but a load of business to which my mind, and my constitution are scarce equal. Our Clerk is getting well again & will be here in a day or two so as to release me.

I am with the most sincere respects Your faithful hble Servt

B Henry Latrobe

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