Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 24 September 1807

Washington Septr. 24h. 1807

Dear Sir

Your absence from Monticello having prevented my hearing from you before this day, I had proceeded to carry up the Chimnies agreeably to the plan I sent to you. They must be capped as nearly level with the top of the Dome as possible, & I must contrive some kind of a sky light in the center of them. It would not well have done to have carried them straight up; for 4 of them would have come out at the top within 10 feet, & all on one side of the center, and 12, also near enough & quite irregularly, to require being carried up, above the top of the dome: The finish we shall now make will answer your ideas best,—for they will not be seen more than 2 feet above the roof,—or perhaps less.—

We are getting on very well every where.—The freestone work at the Prest. House is the most behind hand.—With the highest respect I am

Yours faithfully

B H Latrobe

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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