Washington Oct. 16. 06.
I spoke with mr Gallatin yesterday on the subject of his fire proof offices. I found him desirous of having one room on the level of the upper floor of the Treasury office. this will so derange the established plan of the buildings that I propose to have a further consultation with him to see whether some measure for accomodating him may not be adopted without destroying the plan of the whole structure. in the mean time the workmen may proceed safely in erecting the ground story. the appropriation for that building is 9000. D. to which mr Gallatin can add 1500. D. from another fund. I hope this will enable you to take off the present roof & cover the whole with sheet iron in gutturs. I salute you with my best wishes.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.