Monticello Apr. 30. 25.
Your favor of the 23d is just now recd that of Dec. 27th was laid before the Visitors at their meeting in March, with other similar offers. they determined that having a compleat apparatus to buy it would be neither convenient nor advantageous to depend on occasional offers from particular individuals. that this would multiply transactions and trouble, accumulate duplicates, give them what they did not want, be deficient in many articles they will want and consume time; that it would be better therefore to make a single transaction of it by a purchase in London of the whole of what is necessary and nothing unnecessary: this is the course they have determined to pursue, which, remove suspence I have thot it a duty to notify you, and repeat the assurance of my respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.