From Thomas Jefferson
Monticello Oct. 2. 12.
I take the liberty of inclosing to you a letter from mr Meigs,1 heretofore President of the University of Georgia. This has been delayed by the same absence from home which prevented my having the pleasure of delivering it to you personally at Mon[t]pelier. I do not know mr Meigs personally, but have always heard him highly spoken of as a man of science. He was selected for the university of Georgia by our late friend Baldwin,2 and I remember he was considered as a great acquisition there. Of the state of the place he asks for I am ignorant: but if in that or any other place you can benefit the public by employing him, I am sure you will do it as well on their behalf as from your own disposition to patronise science. I avail myself of this as of every other occasion to renew to you the assurance of my constant friendship & wishes for your health and success in the awful charge you have on you.
FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers).
1. JM nominated Josiah Meigs surveyor general of the U.S. on 12 Nov. 1812 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:303, 304).
2. Abraham Baldwin (1754–1807), a graduate of Yale and first president of the Board of Trustees of the University of Georgia, had been a representative from Georgia to the First through Fifth Congresses and a U.S. senator from 1799 to 1807 (Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College, 3:432–34).