ACCOUNTS DUE FOR FURNISHING AND FITTING UP THE COURT ROOM AND OFFICES OF / the Judiciary of the United States, in the Capitol, Washington. / [caption title above a listing of accounts with eight contractors providing items and work for furnishing the spaces]. Signed in type at the end by Latrobe and Marshall, certifying that the accounts are proper, with Marshall's final dating, June 9, 1810.

[Washington DC: A. & G. Way, 1811]. Printed broadside, 16 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches, untrimmed, as issued, with wide margins all around, folded to 3 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches. This is a statement of payments due to eight different craftsmen and tradesmen for their work in furnishing the premises of the Federal judiciary in Washington, principally the court room and chambers of the United States Supreme Court. Each account is itemized and costed in minute detail and is signed in type by Marshall who attests that "the articles of furniture ... appear to be necessary to the holding of the courts of the United States in the Capitol" and by Latrobe, who certifies that the articles have been made and delivered. This form, a single folding table issued with a government report on the completion of the new capitol: "Message of the President ... transmitting reports of the superintendent of the city, and of the surveyor of public buildings, on the expenditure of the money appropriated on the first of May, 1810. for completing the capitol ... Jan. 15, 1811" (Washington: A. & G. Way, 1811; 16 pp., folding table). This copy was never used for that purpose; it remains as originally printed, a large untrimmed broadside, in fine original state. The table is of interest on multiple levels: as a John Marshall document, and as part of the early history of the U.S. Supreme Court from a practical perspective -- Latrobe attests: "I took no steps whatever to fit up and furnish the room, until ... urged by the judges of the courts, who had been obliged to hold their sittings in a tavern." Of interest, also, with respect to the material culture of the early Republic and the work of several of its finest craftsmen active in the District of Columbia, Georgetown, and northern Virginia. Cf. American Imprints 24231 and Rink 2531. Fine copy of this broadside, untrimmed as issued. Folded. (11146). Item #64907

Among the eight individuals whose accounts are given here are at least three master craftsmen who, among their many distinctions, provided furnishings for the founding fathers. These are William Worthington (1775-1838), one of the leading cabinetmakers in Washington, who furnished James Madison's new home built after the destruction of his house by the British in 1814. Likewise Henry Ingle (1763-1822), also in the forefront of cabinetmakers in the Capital. Ingle suppled cabinet work for both Washington and Jefferson, and, with his brother, built the coffin in which his personal friend, George Washington, was buried. And Henry Foxall (1758-1823), iron-founder, who provided cast iron stoves for Jefferson. Information for all three can be found on the Monticello website.

Price: $750.00

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