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I have had a good hunt for among my papers for Main ’s recipe for the preparation of Haws: and at length, after almost despairing, have found it in the midst of a small volume of extracts from Brown ’s Rural Affairs. I now send it to you, agreeably to your desire.    I am, dear sir, very respectfully & truly yours RC ( ViU: TJP-PC ); endorsed by TJ as received 8 Apr. 1817 and so recorded in...
I arrived at this place yesterday evening on my return home from the election in Goochland . Gen l Cocke informs me that he met you at Enniscorthy on his as you were going to Bedford , and that he learned from you that the meeting which you proposed of the Visitors of the Central College was intended to be on the day fixed in the Law for the Gen l meeting in the Spring, viz, on the first day...
At a called meeting of the Visitors of the Central College , held at the House of M r Madison in Orange , Thomas Jefferson , James Madison , John Hartwell Cocke , and Joseph C. Cabell , being present: The plan of the first Pavilion to be erected, and the proceedings thereupon, having been stated and agreed to It is agreed that application be made to Doctor Knox
I now do myself the pleasure to enclose you the list of English Books sold by Barrois at Paris , agreeably to my promise to you at M r Madison’s . Upon examination I find there are but few works, which you would probably wish to purchase. You would oblige me by the return of the catalogue at some future day, as I shall wish to make use of it from time to time. But I shall not want it for a...
Your note of this morning has this moment been received by Gen l Cocke & myself. The association for an Agricultural Society , adjourned yesterday evening to 10’ 11’ O’clock this day. The Judge Stewart has been engaged to give an opportunity to the members of the Bar to attend. If we let slip this op- occasion, perhaps, it will be impossible to bring the gentlemen together a second time. Will...
At a meeting of the Visitors & c held at Charlottesville 7 Oct: 1817. On information of the amount of the subscriptions to the Central College , known to be made, and others understood to be so, the board resolves, that the Pavilion now erecting be completed as heretofore directed, with the 20. dormitories attached to it, and that two other pavilions be contracted for and executed the next...
at a meeting of the Visitors & c Certain letters from Doctor Tho s Cooper to Th: Jefferson , dated Sep. 17. & 19. received since the meeting of yesterday being communicated to the board of Visitors , and taken into consideration with his former letter of Sep. 16.
I thank you for the use of the enclosed papers, which I have copied, and now commit to the first mail after my return to this place. I shall endeavor to make myself master as well of your plan for schools, as of that for Colleges, before the period at which these subjects will be taken up in the House of Delegates . If you could conveniently spare the time, I think it would be of great benefit...
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The enclosed subscriptions to the funds of the College by M r Tucker and M r Coalter are made by those gentlemen to demonstrate their favourable opinion of the institution and friendly regard to those who have its management entrusted to their care. Having been exposed five hours on the water in going down the Rappahannock from Urbanna , and several in returning, an inflammation arose on one...
I arrived in town last evening, and received this morning at the post office your two letters of 18. & 19. inst , which now lie before me. Before I reply to them, I will go back to circumstances that preceded their arrival. I presume you have reached Monticello , and have received my last letter from this place, touching our prospects with the Cincinnati and the General Assembly . Shortly...
You recollect, no doubt, that when you introduced, at the last session of the General Assembly , the resolution for publishing the Bill “providing for the establishment of primary schools, Academies, Colleges and an University,” I suggested to You the propriety of amending the resolution, so as to embrace in it other documents which are contained in the Pamphlet , printed & distributed by the...
Your favors of 18. and 19. ult , were both received at the same time, and had been lying in the post office at this place, some days before my return from Williamsburg . Since their receipt to this time, I have been unusually employed on a joint committee of the two houses , of Assembly , and in the Senate . But I lost not a moment in attending to your request respecting the rates of...
The late Governor of the Commonwealth having thought proper to confide to us the office of Visitors of the Central College near Charlottesville , under an act of the legislature , establishing as it’s patron, the Governor for the time being, we deem it our duty to report to you our proceedings under that appointment, with the progress & prospects of that institution. The want of a seminary of...
I hope you will not think me neglectful in not having sooner acknowledged the receipt of your letters of 31 st ult: and of 6 th 15 th 14 th and 15 th inst , to all of which I have paid all the attention compatible with my immediate and indispensable duties in the Senate .
As I came out of the Capitol to-day, I was received from one of the doorkeepers the enclosed copy of the bill reported by the Committee of Schools & Colleges , which I have hastily looked over, and in regard to which I confess myself greatly disappointed. Indeed, Sir, the prospect before us is dreary indeed . Perhaps the subject may be dressed up in the House , but when a committee begins so...
Since the date of my last letter to you I have had conferences with the Presidents of the three Banks in this place on the subject of the proposed loan in anticipation of the resources of the College . The enclosed letters between Doctor Brokenbrough & myself, contain the best terms which it has been in my power to procure. From my conversation with M r Hatcher I am led to doubt whether the...
Since I last wrote you the enclosed substitutes to for M r Scott ’s, or the Committee’s bill, have been offered in the House of Delegates . M r Taylor of Chesterfield , a member of good talents and standing in that House
On 31 st March 1818 , I was drawn to Monticello by my duties as a Visitor of the Central College . M r Jefferson then put into my hands for perusal a manuscript covering four and a half sheets of letter paper, entituled Explanations of the 3 volumes in marble paper . It was a commentary written by himself on Marshall ’s life of Washington .
I now enclose you the Duplicate Patent of M r Des Essart ’s land, which I procured from the Land office, together with his letter to you , and the French copy of his Patent. I have retained a copy of his letter to you , of yours to me on the same subject, and of the Patent, which I shall put into the hands of M r Davisson , or some other member, for the purpose of procuring particular...
I now do myself the pleasure to enclose you a printed copy of your bill, the printer having just sent the copies to the House . The subject will be agitated in the House of Delegates on tomorrow or the next day. I have no reasons to change my anticipations as to the result of the measures respecting the Literary fund stated in my former Letters to you. Yet I have thought it my duty still to...
M r Louis Summers of the county of Kanawha & one of the members of the House of Delegates , proposes to leave town in the morning on his return to his constituents. It is possible that he may have it in his power to call at Monticello on his way thro’ Albemarle . I have taken the liberty to offer him a letter of introduction to you. It would give him great pleasure to become personally...
I cannot find among the Delegates from Louis a and the neighbouring counties a person with to whom I should like to entrust your papers in the case of M r Des Essarts . The Senator mentioned in one of my late letters is too loose in his habits of business to expect from him a complete & satisfactory execution of such a commission. M r Johnson of the
Your favor of 16 th is now before me. I thank you for your confirmation of what I did with your Letter . Whatever may be the success of a few interested men in lessening the weight your advice ought to have with the Assembly , as soon as the present contest is over, your conduct will command the respect of all, as it now does of the enlightened and liberal. I hasten to apprize you that our...
The University Bill has passed very in the form of the enclosed, with one small exception. The appointment of the Commissioners is now a subject of infinite importance to us. The Executive, I think, will do us justice. But you will observe that vacancies are to be filled by the President & Directors of the Literary fund . Three out of five of these of the five come from beyond the mountain ....
I have just arrived here on my way home, having left my wife in the lower country till the roads get better. My plan is to stay at home about a week, and to call on you either in going or coming. When I get to Gen l Cocke ’s this evening, I shall be informed whether there is any necessity for my calling on my way up; sh d there not be, as I have great occasion to see to my domestic concerns, I...
I wrote you a note from Wills’s in Fluvanna on my way up, in which I mentioned my intention to call on you on my return to the Lower Country. From the state in which I find my business affairs, I expect it will be the 26 th of the month before I shall be at Monticello . In the interim, I think it may not be amiss for me to say a few words to you by letter. From the best information I can...
I forgot to leave with you, as I intended, a little book, called the Oxford & Cambridge Guide. It may be acceptable to you at the present Crisis. I will thank you for the return of it, when I come up in May, as I shall wish to look over it in the summer. I send it by the stage Driver. RC ( ViU: TJP-PC ); endorsed by TJ as received 1 Apr. 1818 and so recorded in SJL .
I send you by my brother William , the signatures of the majority of the subscribers to the funds of the Central College in Nelson County to the deed of conveyance of the property of the College to the Commonwealth on the condition of the location of the University at the Scite of the College . I have met with the ready assent of every subscriber to whom I have yet presented the paper; & I am...
I am happily recovering from the severe fever which has, of late, confined me to my bed for 20 days, but am barely able to take a turn across the room. Col: Coles told me the substance of his conversation with you lately at Monticello ; observing, that you wished to go to Bedford & had a thought of calling on me on your way, but your health being bad, it was doubtful whether you would be...
I arrived here on 11 th inst on my way to Monticello , and on 12 th was visited by a most unexpected and mortifying relapse, which, tho in part removed, still hangs lingering about me, has thrown me into a weak & delicate state of body, and threatens to deprive me altogether of the satisfaction & advantage of seeing you before the meeting of the Assembly . I yield the idea of a personal...
The Senate formed a House to-day: the House of Delegates yesterday . A conference between Mess rs Carr and Gordon & myself held this morning resulted in an agreement to get M r Taylor of Chesterfield to bring forward the subject of the University
M r Banks has not appointed as good a select committee as I had expected. There is a decided majority of the committee in favor of the Central College : but the eastern members are less attentive than the western. I have urged the importance of having a full meeting, before the final question is taken. M r Taylor is aware of the danger. The committee has had two meetings; at the first, it was...
The select committee of the House of Delegates on the subject of the university has just had a third meeting. 13 members attended. On the question whether the bill should be reported with a blank as to the scite, it was decided to fill in the negative by the casting vote of the Chairman . The Central College was selected as the scite, and the bill
Since writing the within I have conversed with M r Davidson , the Senator from Clarksburg . He arrived but two days ago. His friendship I was sure of: but I feared the opposition had drawn him so far over, as to silence him: but but I did him injustice. He tells me he has conversed with 22 members from the N. West: and they all, except one, promised expressed themselves in favor of the Central...
Conformably to your advice, I urged the friends of the University to hasten the proceedings of the House of Delegates upon that subject, and to get the Bill up to the Senate before Christmas . Unfortunately, however, the Bill is now lying on the table of the Lower House , after one reading & an order to print. As we met on 17 th 7
Your favor of 1 st ins t has been duly received, and I thank you for the information it contains. I also thank you for the copy of Tracy ’s work, which I received in a few days from the time it left you, but have heretofore omitted to mention. In my last I gave you an account of our declining & gloomy prospects respecting the University . Just about Christmas , & from that period to the 1 st...
Grateful, truly grateful, is it to my heart, to be able to announce to you; the result of this day’s proceedings in the House of Delegates . In Committee of the whole, the question was taken, after an elaborate discussion, on the question motion to strike the Central College from the Bill . The vote was as follows;—for striking out 69—against it 114—majority ag t striking out 45 . This is a...
On the 19 th ins t the University Bill passed the House of Delegates , only 28 members voting against it. Yesterday I moved its committment in the Senate . The Committee are myself Mess rs Johnson ,
The question on striking out the central College from the University Bill has just been taken in the Senate , and rejected by a vote of 16 to 7. And I am happy to inform you that immediately thereafter, the question was taken on the passage of the Bill , and that it passed by a vote of 22 to 1. I began to take some part in the discussion which has taken up all of Saturday & to-day; but in my...
Your favor of 28 th ult. was received on monday time enough to be answered by the mail of that evening, but I declined doing so in order to have an opportunity of conversing with some of my friends before I should write. I am very sensible of the truth of all that you say on the inadequacy of the funds for the University: and most willingly would I co-operate in augmenting them: but knowing as...
Least your Enquirer of the 28 th Jan: may have miscarried, I now have the pleasure to enquire close you that paper. The President & directors of the Literary Fund have placed us in an awkward dilemma by an egregious mistatement of the amount & proceeds of the Fund. Relying as usual on the statements of that Board, we have appropriated $80,000, as part of the Revenue of the Fund; when in fact...
On saturday the Visitors of the University were appointed. They are Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Chapman Johnson, James Breckenridge, Robert B. Taylor, John H. Cocke and Joseph C. Cabell. I communicated to the Governor a message from Gen l Cocke, purporting that a report was in circulation that the Visitors of the Central College were about to be appointed Visitors of the University; that...
Your favor of 19 th has this moment arrived. I am sorry that it is out of my power to attend the meeting at M r Madison’s on friday. In the present state of the roads, and with such symptoms as I have lately experienced, it would be improper in me to undertake the journey. I hope you will be able to secure the attendance of M r Watson and Gen l Cocke; and even if you should not, I am pretty...
I am happy to inform you that, since I last wrote you, the Legislature has repealed the additional appropriation of $20,000, to the education of the poor. The question came up again by an amendment in the Senate to the Revised Bill respecting the Literary Fund; it passed the Senate unamously, and the House of Delegates by a majority of 18. We are thus happily extricated from an awkward...
Your note of 6 th ins t by M r Garrett covering the advertisement for workmen for the University has been received. I walked immediately to the office of the Enquirer & had the advertisement inserted in that paper, where I shall cause it to be continued for some successive papers. I have introduced M r Garrett to the Governor, who will have a meeting of the President & Directors of the...
M r Brokenbrough left this for Gen l Cocke’s yesterday morning. It seems that he cannot establish himself at the University until 1 st Aug t ; yet I hope you may be disposed to engage him, as, I think, he will be a source of great comfort & relief to you. I have reflected a good deal on subjects connected with the University since we separated: some thoughts have occurred to me which I beg...
Being now at this place on my way to the lower country I avail myself of the opportunity by M r Neilson to return the plan of your House in Bedford, for the use of which I beg you to accept my sincere thanks. I admire it very much. But the want of suitable instruments and continued indisposition almost ever since I left Monticello, have prevented me from taking a copy. It is not however...
I arrived here the day before yesterday, & found your favor of 20 th ult, in the post office. The unfortunate and long continued illness of my wife, kept me in Williamsburg till the 1 st ins t . The session is now far advanced; but I hope it is not too late to procure a further endowment of the University. The lamentable occurrence in the treasury encreases the difficulties we had already to...