Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Carrington Cabell, 25 January 1819

Richmond 25th Jan. 1819

Dear Sir,

The question on striking out the central College from the University Bill has just been taken in the Senate, and rejected by a vote of 16 to 7. And I am happy to inform you that immediately thereafter, the question was taken on the passage of the Bill, and that it passed by a vote of 22 to 1.

I began to take some part in the discussion which has taken up all Saturday & to-day; but in my first effort, the blood vessel which had broken within me, opened again, & I was compelled to abandon the attempt, by the discovery that I was spitting blood. I am now under serious apprehensions on the score of my health. I have retired to Judge Coalter’s, where Mrs Cabell met me on yesterday. Should I not get better, I must withdraw to Williamsburg.

Mr Watts voted for striking out the Central College. Mr Johnson made great exertions to get the Bill amended: but we voted him down very easily.

Yours faithfully

Joseph C. Cabell


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