Monto Dec. . 22.
Your favor of the 10th is just now recd having loitered by the way, and I shall with pleasure second your wishes with for the appmt of your friend to the office of civil engineer. our Governor, who is President , was chosen while at Congress and I have not yet heard of his arrival in Richmd but, by our first mail I will lodge a letter there to be delivd on his arrival. having no personal acqce with a single member of the board I fear I can add little to the weight of Majr Long’s claims, but these I hope may suffice of themselves. in the mean time it furnishes me occn of proving my wishes to do what may be acceptable to you.
Our univty in which I know you are so good as to take an interest, is under check at present. all the buildings for the accomdn of the Professors & students are compleat. one only for a Library & other general purposes remains to be erected. it is expected to cost about 60.M.D. which sum our last legislature refused us. we have better hopes of the undstdg & liberality of that now sitting. the buildings are in a classical and chaste style of architecture, and the system, when compleated I think meet approbn. our seminaries generally seem to be running medically mad, & threaten us with a doctor for every patient. this will not be ours. I consider anatomy & surgery as geometry medicine one of the occult sciences. I reverence experience as far, as it goes, but regret it’s ever changing theories and the practices on humans. life hazarded we shall endeavor to restore to the other sciences that birthright of respect which this bastard brat has usurped from them and guide our youths into pursuits of less equivocal usefulness. I am gratified by this occasion of renewing to you the assurances of my continued esteem & respect in which our family desires to be joined
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.