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To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 29 March 1825

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Mar. 29. 25.

Dear Sir

Not knowing whether you may have obtained mr. Barber’s acceptance in the visit you proposed, I have thought of a proposition which it has been suggested to me would reconcile him to our offer. If therefore he has not accepted that of joining us at the end of his first circuit, and you would approve of giving him a year on his assurance that he will then accept, be so good as to forward him the inclosed letter,1 but to retain it if he has already accepted, or if you would disapprove of it. Affectionately your’s

Th: Jefferson

RC (owned by William Reese Company, New Haven, Conn., 2003); draft (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

1Jefferson’s letter to Philip P. Barbour, 29 Mar. 1825 (DLC: Jefferson Papers), offered to postpone the opening of the law school at the University of Virginia, if Barbour would commit to occupy the law professorship by the opening of the next term on 1 Feb. 1826. Barbour declined the offer (see JM to Jefferson, 12 Apr. 1825).

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