From Randolph Harrison
Clifton 18th Augt 1817
Yesterday’s mail brought me your letter of the 4th instt, and I avail myself of its return, to assure you of the heartfelt pleasure I enjoy, at the prospect of seeing a seminary of learning established in our State, upon so enlarged and liberal a scale. The favourable auspices under which it has commenced, afford the most flattering views of a successful issue. It will be pleasing to me to yield my feeble support, to a plan so honourable to its founders, and promising so much benefit to our country. I fear however, as you recede from the scite destined for the central college, you will find a diminution of zeal, and liberality, greater than you anticipate. Particularly since it seems to be in the contemplation of our leading men, to disseminate learning through the state, by institutions of a similar kind in all the counties. Yet we must believe from the general character of our fellow citizens, that a number will be found possessing a sufficient stock of publick spirit, to call forth their pecuniary aid in this principal establishment.
The kind and friendly sentiments conveyed by your letter, are highly gratifying to me, as all your affectionate attentions have been. Be assured of my affection, and my earnest prayers, that this most laudable effort, may be crowned with a success, which will add largely to your claims upon the gratitude of the present, and succeeding generations.
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received <
28> 29 Aug. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.