Monticello Dec. 10 .24.
I send you the sequel of Gilmer’s letters recd since my last to you. Torrey you will see does not accept. I had before recd from the Secy at War the inclosed letter to him from mr Emmet the father recommending his son Doctr John Patton Emmet, for Professor of Chemistry. considering that branch as expected by Doctr Dunglison I have given an answer that the place was filled. but that our groupe for that Professorship of botany, zoology, mineralogy, geology, chemistry & rural economy; and Gilmer’s acct of his qualificns in all these except the last I doubt if we can a better choice, and if you approve it I will write to him that subseq. informn enables me to say that that Professorship is open to our appmt and that I will propose him to the Visitors, but being but 1. of 7. I can engage only for myself. this may prevent him engaging elsewhere
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I like your suggestion of Tucker for the Ethical chair better than either of my own. and my enquiries result in a highly favble acct of his character and temper. I imagine mr Cabell’s connection him will have impressed him favbly also, and if you are satisfied and will say so, I will write to him, in my own name only, to know if he would accept, should our colleagues concur. altho’ not a native he is considered as thoroughly a Virginian . we must soon have a meeting to make these appmts, and I presume that within the meeting we might hear from B. M. Carter (of the Shirley family) now in London has made us a of 341. vols, the half at least of which are acceptable, and many of them placed in our own catalogues, affectionately yours
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.