Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Percival, 29 March 1819

29th. March 1819


Having been avisd by publication to address letters. of proposals to you & having come myself for the purpose of seing more particularly the situation of affairs relative to the University after offering a few remarks. shall submit the following proposals

It is very astonising that the first men in this very extensive & riseing Empire should fix on a standard perhaps. the most Antient in the present Day the most illiberal the most obsolute & the least Scientific of all Books. extant and by this meant. to enslave with a yoke & reduce to vassalage the most extensive & useful Branch of the Republic

Having workd by prices at least forty pr ct. an the nominal prices in the Philadelphia price Book and have made but little I think it imprudent to work any lower

I therefore propose to contract for from two to three portions. at Forty pr ct. advance on the Philadelphia price Book

John Percival


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