Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 14 March 1807

Saturday morning 14 Mch 1807

Dear Sir

I fear the largest Vessel which Mr. Foxall could Cast would be too small for a Cistern for the presidents house. A round Vessel might be indeed made of two Cylinder with a flat bottom. Last Year I proposed to Mr Foxall to cast a number of Flanched plates to make a Cistern, but he made some objection. However I will see him as soon as I can get out. At present I am confined by a most painful stiffness (Crick) of my neck which has kept me awake the last two nights.—I am engaged in drawing for your consideration, two plans for the arrangement of the ground round the presidents house. As soon as you have approved one, I have already made arrangements with Mr King to set out the Legging & measure it into Lots before a spade is put into the ground. This is the most effectual & will be the cheapest method of proceeding. It may begin very early next week to go into execution.—I am with the highest respect Yr.

B H Latrobe

I accept with thanks your polite invitation for Tuesday [next]

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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