To St. George Tucker
Mount Vernon 30th May 1797.
Your favor of the 24th Ulto, from Winchester, came duly to hand; but presuming you were on a Circuit, I have allowed time for the completion, to offer you my acknowledgment of its receipt.
My Sollicitude for the establishment of a National University in this Country, has been great, and unceasing; but as the sentiments of the Legislature have not been in unison therewith, I had postponed the further consideration of the subject to a moment of more leizure (than has lately been my lot) to see if I could devise some Plan by which my wishes could be carried into effect.1
In this situation your Essay found me, and as every aid, in a measure so interesting & important, will be thankfully received, your thoughts could not fail of being acceptable to Sir, Your Most Obedt and Very Hble Servant
ALS, NjP: De Coppet Collection; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.