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William Munford to Thomas Jefferson, 6 October 1817

From William Munford

Richmond. October 6th 1817—

Dear Sir,

In obedience to instructions from the President & Directors of the Literary fund, I send you a Pamphlet containing sundry documents on the subject of a system of public Education for the State of Virginia, and have the honour to be,

with great respect, your friend & fellow-citizen
Wm Munford, Clerk
to the Literary fund.—

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); endorsed by TJ as received 9 Oct. 1817. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John L. E. W. Shecut, 29 Dec. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr, Monticello, Albemarle County By post to Charlottesville”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 6 Oct. Enclosure: Sundry Documents on the subject of a System of Public Education, for the State of Virginia, Published by the President and Directors of the Literary Fund, in obedience to a Resolution of the General Assembly (Richmond, 1817; another copy listed in Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 211], is now in DLC: Rare Book and Special Collections, inscribed in Alexander Garrett’s hand “From The County Court of Albemarle to Thomas Jefferson esqr”), consisting of TJ’s 1778 Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 41 vols. description ends , 2:526–35); TJ to Peter Carr, 7 Sept. 1814; a “Report of the President and Directors of the Literary Fund, to the General Assembly, in December, 1816”; “A Bill, ‘Providing for the establishment of Primary Schools, Academies, Colleges, and an University;’—passed the House of Delegates the 18th, and rejected by the Senate the 20th of February, 1817” (see note to Joseph C. Cabell to TJ, 19 Feb. 1817); TJ’s 1779 Bill for Amending the Constitution of the College of William and Mary, and Substituting More Certain Revenues for Its Support (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 41 vols. description ends , 2:535–43); a circular letter from Governor Wilson Cary Nicholas, Richmond, 30 May 1816, to “sundry gentlemen, on the subject of a system of public education for the state of Virginia”; and answers to that circular by James Monroe, Thomas Cooper, John Augustine Smith, Timothy Dwight, and Samuel L. Mitchill.

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  • A Bill for Amending the Constitution of the College of William and Mary search
  • A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge search
  • A Bill Providing for the establishment of Primary Schools, Academies, Colleges, and an University search
  • Cooper, Thomas; mentioned search
  • Dwight, Timothy; mentioned search
  • education; in Va. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; A Bill for Amending the Constitution of the College of William and Mary search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge search
  • Mitchill, Samuel Latham; mentioned search
  • Monroe, James; mentioned search
  • Munford, William; as clerk of Va. Literary Fund search
  • Munford, William; letters from search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); as Va. governor search
  • Report of the President and Directors of the Literary Fund, to the General Assembly, in December, 1816 search
  • Smith, John Augustine; mentioned search
  • Sundry Documents on the subject of a System of Public Education, for the State of Virginia search
  • Virginia; and education search
  • Virginia; Literary Fund search