Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Hare, 31 March 1824

Philada March 31st 1824

Dear Sir

Pursuant to your request in your letter of [. . .] Inst, & my reply to it, I now furnish you with a list of the apparatus which I suppose adequate for a course of chemical instruction, in your new College. I also send you some pamphlets, which I have referred to in the catalogue, or which contain engravings of apparatus, referred to, or which may be desirable. In addition to the apparatus mention’d in my list, about from $300, to $500, might be advantageously laid out in tools, implements, agents or materials, of which a complete & extensive stock should be provided, in a place where deficiencies are not easily supplied. As respect the agents in frequent use, much may be saved by buying them at the wholesale price by the quantity.—

Upon the whole, I should suppose about $2000 dollars would be a competent provision, for the requisite expenditure. My outfit cost me at least five thousand, but my class being very large it has been necessary to have every thing on a scale proportionably great.—

I remain Sir respectfully Yr obt Srt

Robt Hare


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