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Thomas Jefferson: Estimate of Funds and Expenditures for Central College/University of Virginia, 1818–1819

Estimate of Funds and Expenditures for Central College/University of Virginia

[1818–1819]

D 
1818. proceeds of Glebes 3,280 .86
1st & 2d instalments of
subscriptions
21,949
25,229 .86
D 
    1818. 200. as land purchased from Perry & Garth 1,540 .
Proctor 200.D. Overseer 150.D 350 .
laborers hire. 8. about 800
subsistence and miscellaneous1 expences 500
Doric Pavilion [87,458 bricks] estimated @ 3,411
South wing of Dormitories [184,325. br.] } 6,926
North wing of do [182,137. br.] estimated @ 13 D & ×d by 2.
 D
Corinthian Pavilion   [123,717.  br.]2 suppose @  13.
3,843. 26
) × by 3. 5,121
Balance remaining for 1819. 6,581 .86
25,229 .86
D 
1819. Balance remaining of funds of 1818. 6,581 .
3d instalment of subscriptions 12,615
annual endowment from Jan. 23. 1818. 15,000 .
34,196

1819. Proctor 500. Overseer 100. 600 .
laborers 14. about 1,400 .
subsistence & Miscellaneous expences 1,000 .
passage & wages of a stone cutter 625
Bursar @ [. . .]p.[c].? or salary suppose 300
Doctor Cooper. salary 1,500 .
Perry’s houses, and land. Mar. 1. Dec. 25 ½ 4,000 3
bringing water by pipes 300 4
an Oxcart and team 220.
9,945 5
D 
an Hotel 2700
a 3d Pavilion 4500
a 4th Pavilion 4500
266 Dormitories @ 350.D. each 91007 20,800
surplus to cover defects8 3,451
34,196

MS (ViU: TJP); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; hole in manuscript; brackets in original.

TJ evidently composed this document in more than one sitting, beginning well after he completed a similar Estimate of Funds and Expenditures for Central College, printed above at 30 Dec. 1817, and ending about the time the Virginia General Assembly designated Central College as the University of Virginia on 25 Jan. 1819. Several of the figures estimated as expenses for 1819 are drawn from TJ’s correspondence late in 1818. In his letter to TJ of 6 Oct. 1818, Thomas Cooper requested a salary of $1,500. The Agreement by John M. Perry to Sell Lands to Central College of 7 Nov. 1818 established payment dates of 1 Mar. and 25 Dec. 1819. TJ’s salary estimate for a single stonecutter does not take into account the salaries for two stonecutters negotiated by Thomas Appleton and reported in his letter of 10 Nov. 1818, which TJ received 18 Feb. 1819. Three days after the passage on 25 Jan. 1819 of TJ’s Bill for the Establishment of a University, printed above at 19 Nov. 1818, TJ wrote to Wilson Cary Nicholas laying out the possibility of beginning the third and fourth pavilions. Most likely at about that time he added the figures for these proposed structures in an ink different from the bulk of the document. As 1819 progressed more concrete figures replaced these speculative ones. At its first meeting, on 29 Mar. 1819, the newly appointed University of Virginia Board of Visitors selected Alexander Garrett as bursar and set his yearly salary at $250, not the $300 estimated here.

The doric and corinthian structures eventually became the University of Virginia’s Pavilions VII and III, respectively.

1Reworked from “miscellanies.”

2Omitted closing bracket editorially supplied.

3Reworked from what appears to be “2,000.”

4Entry interlined.

5Reworked from what appears to be “7,645.” Remainder of text added by TJ in a different ink, with further additions in pencil noted below.

6Number added by TJ in pencil.

7Number and table of sums to the right and below added by TJ in pencil.

8Preceding four words added by TJ in pencil.

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; and stonecutters for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • building materials; bricks search
  • Central College; and sale of glebe lands search
  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • Central College; builders for search
  • Central College; construction of search
  • Central College; dormitory rooms at search
  • Central College; employees of search
  • Central College; funding for search
  • Central College; land purchased for search
  • Central College; overseer for search
  • Central College; pavilions at search
  • Central College; proctor of search
  • Central College; subscription for search
  • Central College; TJ’s Estimate of Funds and Expenditures for Central College/University of Virginia search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Garth, Jesse Winston; sells land to Central College search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Bill to Establish a University search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Estimate of Funds and Expenditures for Central College/University of Virginia search
  • oxen; as draft animals search
  • Perry, John M.; sells land to Central College–University of Virginia search
  • pipes, water; for University of Virginia search
  • subscriptions, nonpublication; for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; bursar of search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; overseer for search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; proctor of search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; TJ’s Estimate of Funds and Expenditures for Central College/University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; selects officers, staff, and workmen search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; dormitory rooms search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; hotels search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; land for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Pavilion III search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Pavilion VII search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; water pipes for search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; Bill to Establish a University search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • water; pipes search