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To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 19 February 1819

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Feb. 19. 19.

Dear Sir

Yours of the 12th. has been duly recieved, and the pamphlet it covered has been sent to mr. Minor. The late day to which the Governor has fixed the 1st. meeting of the Visitors of the University (the last Monday in March) renders a meeting of the College visitors immediately necessary, some measures of high importance to the institution not admitting that delay; & the Law having authorised us to continue our functions until the actuel meeting of the new appointment. General Cocke, who was here about three weeks ago, sensible of the necessity of a meeting agreed to attend on any day I should name, and, in order to alternate with you the journeyings to our meetings I proposed to him to meet at your house, to which he consented. I have now requested his attendance at Montpellier in the forenoon of Friday next (the 26th. inst.) as I have also that of mr. Watson. Mr. Cabell cannot attend. The roads being impassable for a carriage, I shall take it on horseback, taking two days. If the weather is good, I may possibly go to Colo. Lindsay’s1 on Wednesday, and be with you the next day. But the weather must govern me in that. My health after which you kindly enquire is tolerably established, leaving me indeed in a state of increased debility, yet no⟨t⟩ so much as to render me unequal to the journey proposed: my grand son Jefferson, of the accident to whom you have probably heard, was brought home two days ago, his wounds, altho’ healing slowly, being in a very satisfactory state.2 We all join in affe[c]tionate salutations to mrs. Madison and yourself

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). RC docketed by JM.

1Reuben Lindsay (1747–1831) was an Albemarle County planter, justice of the peace, and militia colonel. JM and Jefferson frequently stopped at Lindsay’s for the night on the journey to and from Montpelier (Mattern and Shulman, Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison, 246, 405; Looney et al., Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, 1:562–63).

2For the wounding of Thomas Jefferson Randolph, see José Corrèa de Serra to JM, 12 Feb. 1819, and n. 4.

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