Washington July 23. 1805
In consequence of the conversation I had the pleasure of holding with you at the time you Subscribed to the Institution for the education of youth in this City, I took the liberty of causing it to be understood that there was good reason to believe that you could not decline the appointment of a Trustee; and I considered it most fit to make this intimation to the Council from the Smallness of the body. Accordingly you was yesterday unanimously chosen a Trustee. Permit me to add that there is but one hope entertained by the citizens that you will accept the appointment. They all believe that the weight of your name will be highly important here as well as elsewhere. The board of Trustees meet the 1st. Monday of August when I have no doubt you will be chosen President of the board. This will not impose any unpleasant burthen, as all detailed duties can be easily assigned to a Vice President. Should you accept the appointment, it may be very useful to have your intimation to that effect, as it is probable that early measures will be taken to obtain distant contributions, wch. will be greatly aided by the Sanction of your name.
The following is a list of the board.
Samuel H. Smith
With assurances of the Sincerest respect & esteem I am yo. ob. Servt.
Sam. H. Smith
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.