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Charles Yancey to Thomas Jefferson, 26 September 1815

From Charles Yancey

Hopefull Mills 26th September 1815

Dr Sir

I think it’s due from me to you to state to you the Reason why the petition to establish a College in Albemarle & appropriate Certain Monies belonging to Said county to promote Said establishment did not pass through our house I Saw the petition was in your hand writing & Something like a project also which Made me ansious to have a hearing as I espected Notwithstanding your advanced age If a law was made on the proprosed plan it wou’d Receive your aid as to government &c the Gentleman to whom the petition was entrusted gave it to Mr Watson a representative from Louisa County to use his Judgment as to presenting it whose better Judgment was not to present it at So late an hour & finding he was principally relied on I gave way to his Judgment. Should you think proper to present or Send enclosed to me & my colleague a bill &c to establish Said College it Shall receive my particular Support I have Seen with Mortification the Neglect of education & have Severely felt the want of it. in hopes that you will again Send forward a project &c I avail myself of this opportunity to assure you I have not nor never Shall forget the debt we owe you for our political standing accept my dear Sir of the assuranc[e] of my Sincere wish for your pre[sent] & future happiness Your Mo Ob Sert

Charles Yancey

RC (DLC); edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Oct. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to Joseph Milligan, 27 Oct. 1815, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr late president of the U. States” by “Mail”; franked; postmarked Yancey’s Mills, by postmaster Joel Yancey Jr., and Charlottesville, 28 Sept.

For the history and passage of the petition to establish a college in albemarle, see the Minutes of the Albemarle Academy Board of Trustees, 25 Mar. 1814, with editorial headnote on The Founding of the University of Virginia: Albemarle Academy, 1803–1816. The gentleman to whom TJ had given the petition was Peter Carr.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle Academy; petition of search
  • Carr, Peter (1770–1815) (TJ’s nephew); and Albemarle Academy search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Public Service; as Albemarle Academy trustee search
  • Virginia; House of Delegates search
  • Watson, David (1773–1830); and Central College establishment search
  • Yancey, Charles; and Central College search
  • Yancey, Charles; as Va. legislator search
  • Yancey, Charles; letters from search
  • Yancey, Joel (of Albemarle Co.); postmaster at Yancey’s Mills search