Monticello Mar. 8. 25.
In the many interesting conversns I had with you while we had the pleasure of your company at Monticello you mentioned that we could have from Italy the finest Anatomical preparations, castings Etc and for the cheapest prices of any part of the world. our University begins it’s operns this day, and our school of Anatomy and Medicine is as yet unprovided with it’s proper subjects and apparatus, I propose to get from Italy, thro’ the channel of mr Appleton our Consul at Leghorn whatever that country can furnish better and cheaper than can be had elsewhere, and I have to ask the favor of you to specify to the particular characters or classes of subjects which we can best get from there, and which are proper for our school, giving me as detailed ideas the subjects and price as convenient. to this trouble I am sorry to add that of requesting as little delay as convenient, as I am anxious to recieve these articles this autumn. our family always recollects with pleasure your kind visit to us, and with the assurance that none does more than myself, accept that of my great esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.