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“Recorded honors" shall gather around the tomb of Jackson, and his name and fame will live in history, when any structures or monuments in bronze or marble sacred to his memory, shall have crumbled into dust.
This article of agreement witnesseth :
WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee appropriated the sum of $2,000 for the purpose of erecting a marble or granite base for the statue of General Jackson upon the capitol grounds, reference to which act of appropriation, being the thirtieth section of an Act passed the 6th day of April, 1881, is hereby made, the same to be considered as a part of this instrument.
Now, the undersigned, P. Swan, agrees at his own cost and charge to erect or build said base within the next six months, the dimensions thereof to be of size, etc., as indicated on a paper hereto annexed, marked Exhibit A, to be also taken as a part of this agreement. The said Swan agrees to take down the statue, build foundation for the base sufficiently strong to sustain the superstructure and the statue thereon, to replace the statue on the pedestal, and all this work to be done in a manner as substantial as the work, and to be of as great permanence, as the base on which the Jackson statue in Washington rests. He further covenants that he will take down and replace the statue without any damage to it, or, in other words, guarantees that no damage shall happen to it during the progress of the work, and that the base shall be sufficiently strong to sustain the statue for an indefinite time, or, for instance, in the way and manner that the statue at Washington has been for so long, and is now, sustained by the base placed there, binding himself for the performance of these covenants in the sum of $10,000.
[A paper marked Exhibit B is made a part of this instrument.]
When all the work is satisfactorily done, the undersigned, T. W. Dick Bullock, Chairman of the committee, agrees to pay said Swan $2,000, and for any failure on the part of Swan to perform the aforesaid covenants, suit may be brought by said Bullock as Chairman for the use of the State of Tennessee. Witness our bands, October 20, 1883.
T. W. DICK BULLOCK, Chairman of the committee appointed by the Legislature.
EXHIBIT A TO CONTRACT.
Dated 20th October, 1883, between P. Swan and T. W. Dick Bullock, Chairman.
NASHVILLE, TENN., October 15, 1883. Mr. John M. Lea:
DEAR SIR– I will complete pedestal for Jackson statue of Knoxville mable as per sample in your office as per design shown, and of the following dimensions : Lower base..............15 ft. 4 in. x 9 ft. 6 in. x 1 ft. 4 in.
. Second base...............13 2
0 Molding under die.....12 2 x 6 2 x 0 9 Die.........
11 6 x 5 6 x 7 0 Cap on die...............13 2 x 7 4 x 2 0 Top block.... .11 6 x 5 6 x 0 11
.14 ft. O in. Will build suitable foundation for pedestal; will also guarantee the safe transfer of statue from present pedestal to marble one and complete the whole work in a good and workmanlike manner for the sum of $2,000.
The average thickness of marble on the die is to be five inches ; and a long space on one slab is to have in raised letters the word " Jackson.”
Received from T. W. Dick Bullock, by the hands of John M. Lea, $2,000 in full for all work as per contract done in and about the erection of base for Jackson statue. The payments were made at different times as the work progressed, and this acknowledgment is made for the purpose of embodying all receipts into one.
P. SWAN. October 1, 1884.