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Can you come and breakfast with us tomorrow morning? I have the papers ready for your inspection, but they require explanation. you can then consider them at your leisure and get them corrected on consultation with mr Garrett. I could ride to Charlottesville, but it is always followed with inconvenience and injury, or I should not ask the indulgence. respectful and friendly salutations. ViU .
Your letter with its enclosures reached Newfolk some days ago, while I was absent; or it would have been sooner answered. I shall not be able to give much information to M r. Miller, on the subject of his enquiries; but what I can give I will; and forward my letter to him, enclosed in yours. I take, as you may imagine, a very deep interest in the success of the University, not only as a...
Estimate for 1826. made May 28. 26. Demands which must be met promptly Resources. D Annuity for 1826 15,000 Salaries of 7. Professors @ 1,500 10,500 Rent of 6. Hotels 1,200. Law d o for 6. months 750 Dormitory rent, suppose 164 stud ts @ 8.D. 1,312 Orindary expences of the establmt 3,500
On mention being made to me. of the contribution of 5. D required from the Students of Chemistry it occurred at once that this must be for an article for which the Visitors had made other provision, of which you had had no information, it happened that no circumstance had occur d to produce the mention of it to you. I now send you extracts from the journals by which you will learn that they...
Your favor of the 25 th came to hand yesterday, and I shall be happy to recieve you at the time you mention, or at any other, if any other shall be more convenient to you. Not being now possessed of a copy of Gen l Lee’s memoirs, as I before observed to you, I may have misremembered the passage respecting Simpcoe’s expedition, and very willingly stand corrected. the only facts relative to it...
The ensuing Fourth of July being the Semi-centenial Anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence the Corporation of this City have resolved to celebrate it with encreased demonstrations of respect, and we are appointed a Committee to make the necessary Arrangments— While the coming day fills our minds with emotions of pride and gratitude, we are naturally led to contemplate those...
My last to you was of the 6 th inst. since which yours of the 8 th is come to hand. the 3. cases of books from England, 1. from France, and 3. from Germany therein mentioned to have been shipped to the care of Col o Peyton are not yet heard of by us. it is possible that by the time of their arrival at the University , the room in which they are to be arranged, and the necessary presses may be...
I have the honor to transmit to you the enclosed Communication from a Committee of the Corporation of this City— MHi .
You have heretofore known that the ability of the University to meet the necessary expences of a bell and clock, depended on the remission by Congress, of the duties on marble bases and capitels used in our buildings, a sum of nearly 3000,D. the remission is granted, and I am now authorised to close with mr Willard for the undertaking of the clock, as proposed in your letter of Aug. 25. I must...
Instructions for the government of the Artist in making the Clock for the University of Virginia. The bell is to weigh 400.℔, which it is supposed will ensure it’s being heard 1½ mile under any circumstance of weather. The distance of the hollow cylinder in which the weights are to descend, and it’s oblique direction from the dial plate has rendered necessary an outline of the ground plate and...
A word to you, my dearest Ellen, under the cover of mr Coolidge’s letter. I address you the less frequently, because I find it easier to write 10 letters of business, than one on the intangible affections of the mind. were these to be indulged as calls for writing letters to express them, my love to you would engross the unremitting exercises of my pen. I hear of you regularly however, thro’...
I forwarded to shadwell mills, a day or two since, a keg of Tongues & sounds, & a package of dumb Fish, for you, just rec d from M r Coolidge of Boston, which I hope will reach you safely— MHi .
The subject of your letter of May 20. has attracted more notice certainly than it merited. that the opern to which it refers, was painful to a certain degree I admit, but it was shor-tlived, and there would have ended as to myself. my age and the state of my health at that time gave an alarm to my family which I neither felt nor expressed. what may have been said in newspapers I know not,...
I regret that it is not in my power to give you the information which you desire. I perceive the Recorder’s name (R. Riker) and presume that the rest are Members of the Corporation and perhaps Aldermen as these have long been celebrated committee-men upon festive occasions. —Perhaps, Sir, your wish is to have the names merely deciphered without any regard to rank &c. They appear to me to be...
Your favor of May 31 came safely to hand, covering one from Mess rs Taylor & others a commee of the corporn of the city of N. York, and I ask leave through the same channel to return the inclosed answer. with the assurance of my esteem & respect. MHi .
I have for some time entertained the hope that your affairs being once wound up, your mind would cease to look back on them, and resume the calm so necessary to your own happiness and that of your family & friends, and especially that you would return again to their society. I hope there remains no reason now to delay this longer, and that you will rejoin our table and fireside as heretofore....
I recieve, Gentlemen, with great thankfulness the Medals you have been pleased to send me, commemorative of the completion of the Erie canal. this great work will immortalize the present authorities of New York, will bless their descendants with wealth and prosperity, and prove to mankind the superior wisdom of employing the resources of industry in works of improvement rather than of...
To the Committee of arrangement of the Corporn of the city of N.Y. I have to acknolege Gentleman the honor of your letter of the 31 st ult, inviting me, in the name of the Corporn of the city of N. York to a participation with them in the festivities with which they propose to celebrate the approaching Anniversary of our indepdce. the few surviving signers of memorable instrument which...
I take the liberty to forward to you a copy of a communication to the American Academy on the subject of Longevity &c., and shall be happy if it affords you any gratification. You will see, Sir, that it has been an object in making the communication to excite some attention to the mode of taking the Census of the United States. Should the remarks on this subject, meet your approbation, perhaps...
Y r fav r of the 31 st Ult. address d to our M r H. was rec d in due Course M r Hilliard left for V a last week & will proby be at Charlottsville about the 20 th inst; we shipped, Cases [GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] 5.6/ German [GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] 8. 9. 10/ English
being very disirous of obtaining some Information relative to the University of Virginia I have taken the Liberty to address you on the subject. I was at a loss to know to whom I should apply until it was suggested that a Communication to you would meet with attention. Please inform me what will be the annual charges for Board and Tuition and at what time in the year the course of studies...
Not being able to find such a Cask of Sicily Madiera Wine as I liked, concluded to send but ten gallons at present, & wait until a better parcel was rec d , before I send a larger quantity—if you will let me know when this is out, will send you some better which is expected. I expect to go up in the stage with this, on my way to Lexington for a week, & shall regret if I am unable to call on...
I take the liberty of troubling you with a small commission of enquiry to which I will not add that of a long preamble. Mess rs Dodge & Iznard of Marseilles, by a letter of Feb. 18. 26. advised me that they had shipped 2 casks of wine for me on board the ship Mandarin A. M. Norman Master, bound to the port of Baltimore, and consigned for me to the Collector of that port. that letter I recieved...
Will you be so good as to inform me what arrangements have been made with respect to furnishing the students with Arms—If they could be procured and lent to the students who attend my school within a week or two I should be pleased, as it is assential in order to enable me to discharge my duty; that they have them soon. I should consider it a great favour done me if exertions were made to...
As chairman of a committee appointed by the citizens of Washington to make arrangements for celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of American Independence in a manner worthy of the Metropolis of the nation, I am directed to invite you, as one of the signers of the ever-memorable Declaration of the 4 th of July 1776, to honor the City with your presence on the occasion. I am further instructed...
For your kind and consolatory Letter of the 6 th Inst. The style and spirit of its indiction, would have betrayed its author to men less acquainted with the sage of Monticello, the Author of the Declaration of American Independence, the friend of Washington, the Friend of Science and of Liberty.—None but he, who, has experienced the smiles and vicisitudes of Life, could duly appreciate your...
I have seen Mr Willard, and given him your order for a clock and bell: in consequence of my conversation with him on the subject, some time since, he procured castings of the principal wheels, and made other preparations, at his own risk, which involved him in some expense and make an advance desireable; at present all he asks is 100 dls, and the work done amply warrants the payment of such a...
No definitive order has been given as to the substitutes for arms for the students attending the military school. because of the doubtfulness of our funds. considering however that the number of 55. or 60 only as at present sufficient, I will consult with mr Brockenbro’ whether we may not venture order that number to be made. Accept my salutns DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
It was my intention to have called on you this evening, and to have presented in person M r Goodwyn, who will have the pleasure to deliver to you this letter, but have been prevented by the rain. He is a son, of M r P. Goodwyn, a member of Congress, I believe, during your service, in the gov t , as well as mine. Having purchased a part of my land here, he will become your neighbour, and I am...
I should be glad to know, what I am to make Students coming at this time pay for Dormitory and University rent—whether a dedication is to be made or whether they are to pay rent as for the whole session—Some Law Students will be coming in soon and I wish to be informed on the subject before they get here, your Opinion as soon as possible is requested CSmH .
I am upon the eve of my departure for Europe in prosecution of my professional Studies as an artist, and Shall Visit Italy, France and England—Neither my acquaintance with you nor any distinction I have acquired entitles me to the Smallest claim on your Kindness, but as a Virginian it would be peculiarly flattering to carry Some memorial that I was not entirely unknown to you—A letter to any...
I recieved your letter on the subject of the Wine per Ship Mandarin. and upon inquiry at the Custom House, find that the Wine has been carefully put away for you in the Public Store. The Collector tells me, he forwarded the letters which accompanied the Wine, to you with an indorsement shewing by what vessel it came. I suppose that these letters have miscarried. or perhaps you did not observe...
I here with send you the Bill of James Oldham against the Rector & myself and my answer to it for your perusal and to answer such parts as you may think proper on the part of the Rector it is necessary for my answer to be filed in the Chancery court by the 10 th day of the court (25 th of the present month) therefore you will see the necessity of returning it as soon as possible CSmH .
I do myself the satisfaction of sending a copy of my book—I think I should hardly have ventured to put it forth had not your opinion on the matter of a letter addressed to Col. Randolph, induced me, instead of continuing to write him, as I had proposed to do, to put it into the form of a book I cannot anticipate whether it is well or ill done, or whether it is dull or interesting. I think that...
Enclosed is the bond for the duties on the marble capitals, which has been paid. I regret the Com, relinquishing the duties, had not passed sooner, as it would have saved you much trouble. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
I have been earnestly engaged in disposing of my concerns in Fredericksburg—that I might comply with the promise I made you to be at the University by the first of July—The term of the Chancery Court, in which I was constantly employed, was protracted a fortnight longer than usual—which deprived me of so much of the time that I had laid off for the settlement of my private concerns—The wagoner...
M r Willard undertakes our clock, and, without regard to price, says that it shall be as good a one as the hands of man can make. he will come and set it up, observing that the accuracy of the movement of a clock depends as much on it’s accurate and solid setting it up as on it’s works. he chuses to purchase the bell himself, & says that one of 400.℔. is sufficient for all our purposes. the...
Your letter of Feb. 27. came to hand in due time; that of the 15 th inst. was recieved yesterday. I have this day directed our Proctor to have 250.D. immediately remitted to yourself for mr Willard, to hold 250.D. more ready to be called for at his convenience, & to count on paying the whole balance at the final conclusion. whenever therefore mr Willard’s convenience may make it acceptable to...
Knowing that all of your pavilions at the university have tin coverings, I write to learn whether they have ever leaked, and if so what method of prevention has been used. our roof here was perfectly close until about mid winter. it then began to leak not in one but a hundred places: and from that time I have endeavoured to discover the cause without effect. For some time I thought that the...
I would willingly be useful to you in your proposed visit to Europe for improvement in your professional line were it in my power. but I know not that it is. I have overlived every personal acquaintance which I had on that side of the Atlantic. I think there is not a single one living. with yourself I have had no other than the visit of an hour you were so kind as to make me the last year. but...
The kind invitation I recieve from you on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration of the 50 th anniversary of American independance; as one of the surviving signers of an instrument, pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposal for the comfort of...
I have had no information from Dodge & Oxnard but of the time of shipping the wine, the vessel and port. the papers the collector was so kind as to send, never came to my hand, but as he ascertained the duty &c. I have this day desired Col o Peyton to remit him 18 D. and I will give you the further trouble of requesting him to ship the wines to Peyton’s address who will pay all charges. I...
Sous les auspices de M M. Constant, Sanderson & Vallue, chefs d’institution de cette ville, je prends la liberté de recourir à votre obligeance dont chacun ici fait l’éloge. Arrivé de France depuis un mois dans l’intention de professer les langues française latine & italienne, je suis porteur de lettres de recommandation, pour des personnes qui ont quitté Philadelphie depuis 3 ou 4 mois. Seul,...
SUBSCRIPTION for the AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE. Jefferson fund To Daniel W. Coxe Esq. member of the Committee of Superintendance.— Sir In pursuance of certain resolutions adopted by the Town meeting, at Philadelphia, on Tuesday 27 th June 1826, Each member of the Committee has been authorized and requested, to receive from his fellow Citizens, or from any Society in the City or...
As M r Lancaster my Son-in-Law & Administrator of M r Derieux decease’d. Is desirous to see all papers any way’s connected with those he left? Will you be so kind as to lend me for a few Day’s M r Mazzei Will? I’l copy it & return it safe. That Favour will greatly Oblige Sir Please to Derect to me to the Care of Mes s Lancaster & Denby Merchents Richmond MHi .
A death-bed Adieu. Life’s visions are vanished, it’s dreams are no more. Dear friends of my bosom, why bathed in tears? I go to my fathers; I welcome the shore, which crowns all my hopes, or which buries my cares. Then farewell my dear, my lov’d daughter, Adieu! The last pang of life is in parting from you! Two Seraphs await me, long shrouded in death: I will bear them your love on my last...
[GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] could the dead feel any interest in Monuments or other remembrances of them, when, as Anacreon says Ολιγη δε κειςομεςθα Κονις, οστεων λυθεντων The following would be to my Manes the most gratifying. On the grave a plain die or cube of 3. f without any mouldings, surmounted by an Obelisk of 6. f. height, each of a single stone: on the faces of the Obelisk the following...
July 4 th 1826 Thomas Jefferson D r to James Lyle 7.095. Opie Norris assur ce of Higginbotham 5.026. Andrei Pinni heir Mazzei 8.066 Hiram Saunder 344.90 A. Robertson Lynchburg 6.164.33 James Leitch 2.807.40
Archer carried my mare down to M r Strange’s to-day, and will get to Bremo to-night on his way home. I have taken the liberty to desire M r Strange whom I saw yesterday to send the mare over to Bremo when he thinks it will be proper to do so , and I will send down for her as soon as you will be good enough to inform me of it, when I hope you will do when she gets to Bremo. I believe M r...
Several of the students have applied to me for information about the terms on which a diploma in Greek could be obtained—I was of course unable to give them any answer, but I promised to lay the subject before the Visitors. There are a few whose industry and acquirements will deserve some reward: they wish to know what will be expected that they may have sufficient time to make the necessary...