Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to James Dinsmore

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04964 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 December 1807 Pagination: 1 p. : address : free frank ; 24.6 x 19.5 cm

Summary of Content: Discusses instructions for a table at Monticello. Lists mahogany forwarded to Monticello by Oldham and copies out a note he received from Oldham about the wood planks and the delivery of them to the estate. Jefferson's note to Dinsmore instructs on the size of the table. He uses "I" as the notation for inches. Signed Th: J.

Background Information: Oldham was a carpenter and housejoiner employed at Monticello. Dinsmore was a housejoiner who worked and lived at Monticello from 1798 until 1809. He was the principal joiner for the remodeling at ...Monticello. See More

Full Transcript: Mahogany forwarded to Monticello by mr Oldham
f I
43 - 4 of St. Domingo wood
31 - 8 of Bay - - 1½ I
75 - 0
The two planks for tables measure 27. I. at one ...end and 26. I. at the other by 10. f. 3 I. long. I could not possibly find any wider; & supposed this could be made to answer. it is very nice & solid. there is very little of St. Domingo wood made use of here. the 1½ I. plank is Bay wood, and very good for the purpose intended. I have it nicely cased in a box, so as it shall not receive any damage in the carriage, and I expect a conveyance about Monday next.
James Oldham.
Dec. 24. 07.

Th: J. to mr. Dinsmore
Altho' the breadth of the above table planks is scanty and may occasion a little piecing in some of the leaves, we must not depart form the size of the table 2 f 3 I. by 4 f. 6 I. as that connects them with the tables they are to be used with.

[Address leaf:]
free
Th: Jefferson Pr. US
Mr. James Dinsmore
Monticello
near Milton
See More

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Home FurnishingsBuilding ConstructionMonticelloPresidentArtisans

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources