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Title: Letter from David L. Swain to William A. Graham, January 16, 1861: Electronic Edition.
Author: Swain, David L. (David Lowry), 1801-1868
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
Text transcribed by Bari Helms
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First Edition, 2005
Size of electronic edition: ca. 11K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The electronic edition is a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South.
Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-07-26, Risa Mulligan finished TEI/XML encoding.
Title of collection: William A. Graham Papers (#285), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Letter from David L. Swain to William A. Graham, January 16, 1861
Author: David Swain
Description: 4 pages, 5 page images
Note: Call number 285 (Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Letter from David L. Swain to William A. Graham , January 16, 1861
Swain, David L. (David Lowry), 1801-1868

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Chapel Hill, 16 Jan. 1861

My dear Sir,

I have delivered to Mr Coats, the order made by the committee at our last meeting, and received from him the enclosed check for Henderson's work, which he says will be paid upon presentation.
I passed with him through all the rooms in our new edifices and pointed out small defacements here and there which he promises to make good. I called his attention to omissions, specified in the contract, especially balustrades and outside doors which in the progress of the work we concluded to dispose with. He admitted the fairness of the claim but insisted, that extra work for which he made no charge had been performed to a much

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larger amount. The enclosed paper which you will please peruse together with this note, exhibits his view of the particulars in which he regards himself, as having exceeded as well as fallen short of the requirements of the contract. He expresses entire willingness, that they shall balance each other, and renders the schedule simply to satisfy us that he has done us in the aggregate entire justice.
I was not present the evening before commencement, when the agreement was made about the belfry and supposed his bid, to have been $1000. He insisted that it was $1125 and delivered the enclosed drawing and memorandum in evidence. I told him that I would transmit both papers to you, and reserve all questions

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connected with them, until the time his last payment shall fall due.
I am grieved to state that Prof Charles Phillips , who was just recovering from an attack of inflammatory rheumatism, was on Sunday evening prostrated with the gravel. The Dr supposes that the calculus is passing through the kidney. I hope and pray for a favorable terminate, but he is the object of deep and anxious solicitude to his friends.

Yours very sincerely,

D. L. Swain

Hon. W. A. Graham

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Variations from Contract University Buildings
Chapel, North Carolina Jany 11th 1861
Dr Cr
1400 Superficient feet of Balustrade @ 12½ c 175.00
184 feet plain do wings @ 12½ c 23.00
700 feet prepaired & fixed in part and taken down again @ 8 c 56.00
16 Bolts 1½ x 43 feet long best refined American iron 2200 lbs @ 10½ c 231.00
125 lbs of Cast iron plates @ 5 c 7.25
Labour fixing Strain Bolts at each Building $30 60.00
Extra Braces to support roofs in each Building $25 50.00
Eight Outside doors @ $15 each 120.00
Materials for Eight doors all prepaired and fitted to its proper length and partly framed. Average Labour & damage $6 each 48.00
Difference of Glass between 1st & 2nd quality 29.28
Difference on Painting Libraries $25 each 50.00
Rostrums Society Halls $50 each 100.00
Frescoing in Society Halls $100 each 200.00
Extras on Plaster Paris Caps instead of wood in each Hall $25 50.00
Venetian Shades in Both Halls 72.00
Cash paid to the parties that made them to take them off my hands per order 36.00
700 Leanate feet of Base Course on Both buildings 525.00
3200 Cub feet of Storm Work in East Building @ 25 c 800.00
Carved work over door in Society Halls 60.00
24 Extra Ventilators @ 50 c 12.00
$2364.53 $390.00

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Whole Expense Complete—
South Building ¼ to one foot
[Plan of Belfry on South Building ]