Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Rufus Woodward, 20 June 1820

New-Haven Con. June 20th 1820.

Honored Sir,

Having heard that Professors are soon to be appointed in the Virginia University, & that you have a principal part in the management of its Concerns, I take the liberty of addressing a line to you, for the purpose of ascertaining what is your mode of proceeding in making these appointments. I am informed it is a practice in some parts of the Southern States in such cases, to publish a request that Candidates should themselves make application. Whether this has been done in regard to your University, I have not heard. I hope you will pardon me, Sir, for troubling you with a communication to me on the subject, should you have no objections. I am at present a tutor in Yale-College, & having a partiality for literary & scientific pursuits, I have thought that a situation in your University would accord very well with my inclinations. I say nothing at present of my preference as to the branches to be taught, it being my object rather to make enquiries, than to offer myself as a candidate.

With great respect I am, Sir, Your Obedt Servt

Rufus Woodward


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