Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Henry Latrobe

would it not be best to make the internal columns of well burnt bricks moulded in portions of circles adapted to the diminution of the columns. Ld Burlington in his notes on Palladio tells us that he found most of the buildings erected under Palladio’s direction & he described in his architecture to have their columns made of brick in this way and covered over with stucco. I know an instance of a range of 6. or 8. columns in Virginia, 20.f. high well proportioned and properly diminished, executed by a common bricklayer. the bases & Capitals would of course be of hewn stone.

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Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Henry Latrobe
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February 28, 1804
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