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Thomas Jefferson to David Watson, 23 July 1817

To David Watson

Monticello July 23. 17.

Dear Sir

The promptitude and success with which our subscription has advanced, render the immediate decision necessary of some questions respecting the system for our college which I had expected might have laid over to our periodical meeting in September. Genl Cocke & myself had agreed to go to mr Madison’s on Friday the 25th. last night he wrote me he would bring mr Cabell also; and last night too I learned of the opportunity which brings you this letter. I avail myself of it to ask you to meet us at mr Madison’s on Friday, the day after tomorrow to join us in a consultation which has been so suddenly hatched up that it has been out of my power to give you earlier notice of it. in the hope you will find it still convenient to come I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of William Short to TJ, 4 July 1817; at foot of text: “Mr Watson”; endorsed by TJ.

John H. Cocke’s letter, received last night, was dated 20 July 1817.

Index Entries

  • Central College, Board of Visitors; and subscription search
  • Central College; subscription for search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Montpellier (Madison family estate) search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); visitors to search
  • subscriptions, non-publication; for Central College search
  • Watson, David (1773–1830); letters to search