Monto Mar. 13. 25.
I was very thankful to you for your lre of the 1st inst. the information it conveyed was very anxiously looked for. without that fund our situation was disadvantageous in the extreme and very mortifying: with that, I think we can, in the course of the year, provide our institution with all it’s necessary appendages as is any one in the Union.
on the subject of a Professor of Moral philosophy, mentioned in your letter, mr Tucker, one of our late members of Congress, appointed to that chair in early winter. he did not accept formally till the end of the session of Congress. he is now with me, and only goes home to settle his affairs for removal. The Professors from Europe give us extreme satisfaction, science, zeal and accomodating disposns. . a month of almost incessant rain, and roads which have stopped the running of the stages have occasioned our students to slowly. we hear of many on the road, unable to get along at all so that we cannot conjecture what may be the number for this year. The Professors however have organised their schools and begun their lecturing they are a very fine parcel of young men, but so defectively prepared, that we have been obliged, for the present year, to relax in our laws of reception.^ I pray you to be assured of my friendly & respectful esteem.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.