Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to University of Virginia Board of Visitors, 4 August 1825

Monticello Aug. 4. 25

Dear Sir

Chancellor Tucker, Mr. Barbour, Judge Carr, as you know had declined accepting the law chair of the University, and yesterday I received a letter from Judge Dade finally declining also. Mr. Gilmer, our first choice had declined on account of his health, very much deranged by his voyage to Europe. that is now in a great degree reestablished, and he is willing to accept. what shall we do? shall we return to our first choice, and be done with this difficulty? or have a meeting and look out for some other? or do nothing till October? the vacancy of this chair is very disadvantageous, being thought by many more wanting than all the others. if we agree to the reappointment of Mr. Gilmer, perhaps you will signify it by letter as in preceding cases, as discussion can promise nothing new on his subject.

Our last 50.000.D. were placed by the treasurer in the Virginia bank and have been disposed of as follows.

7,626. to replace so much advanced for books & Apparatus by the General fund
6,000. to finish library room
18,000. advanced to Hilliard to compleat the library.
6,000. remitted to Mr. King our minister in London for Philosoph. apparatus
3,000. do for Anatomical do
500. pd to Dr Emmet for Chemical do
8,874. balance remaining.
Accept the assurance of my high respect & esteem

Th: Jefferson


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