[Source Description: 6 December 1847. Thomas Day to David L. Swain. University of North Carolina Papers (#40005), University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]
Milton N.C. Dec. 6:47
Yours of the 24 Nov. came in time. I am preparing the timbers to shelve your rooms Earley [sic] as possible, the plank has to be of superior quality & Dried in a steam kill which I have here. You advise me to come thare [sic] to do the work, but I think I can prepare the whole shelving & boxing here with the assistance of my four saws and bring it in waggons [sic] which I have, & put it up much sooner, better, & cheaper, to myself than to come & provide the lumber in that neighborhood. I can select better timber here and prepare it much better.
I am now in preparation for the work, will come and measure most of the Books and all the proper distances &c, so as to be but little time Engaged in the Building. You may fully rely, on the strictest attention being paid to the whole matter & I have no doubt you will be well satisfied when the work is done. Thankful for your kindness
And Verry [sic] Obediently yours
Hon. David L. Swain. L.L.Doc.