Norfolk March 13th 1819
I accept, with very great satisfaction, your polite invitation to pass my time, at Monticello, during the session of the Visitors of the University. Unfortunately, and indispensible professional engagement will require my attendance, in Norfolk, at the commencement of the preceding week: and the engagements of the Steam boat, between that place and Richmond, make it somewhat doubtful if, with the greatest diligence, I can reach Monticello a day before the meeting. Should it happen, that I shall not have arrived on the proceeding day, I beg that you & the other gentlemen will proceed, according to your former practice, to arrange the business, for the next day My province will be to receive, not to give information. Do me the favour to receive the offering of my great respect & esteem
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.