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To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 9 April 1824

From Thomas Jefferson

Circular

Monticello Apr. 9. 24.

Dear Sir

Notwithstanding the reduction which was made in the rents proposed, it appears that that on the salaries will so much enlarge our surplus, that we may very safely engage 8. professors, and still have a surplus this year of 6000. D. and annually after of 5024 D. The opportunity of procuring the anatomical professor is so advantageous, that I propose to make the provisional instruction for his engagement absolute. On this subject I ask your opinion, to be given to me without delay that it may be in time to be acted on. The statements below will enable you to form your opinion. Accept assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

Estimated account for 1824.
Current expences of the institution for this year 4,500
expence of procuring Professors 1,500.
Salaries of 8. Professors for Oct. Nov. Dec. 3,000
Surplus for apparatus, books, contingencies 6,000
To be paid by the annuity of 1824. 15.000
Annual account after 1824. as may be now estimated.
Income. Annuity. 15.000
Rent of 6. Hotels @ 150. D. 900
  100. Dormitories @ 16. D. 1,600
    9. smaller do. @ 12.D. 108
University rent on 218. students @ 12.D. 2,616
20,224D
Expenditure. Current expences of the Institution 3,000
8. Professors @ 1500.D. each 12,000
a military Instructor 200
Surplus for apparatus, books, contingencies 5,024
20,224.

This year’s surplus of 6000.D. will afford for text books 1000. apparatus Chemical 1000. Anatomical 1000. Astronomical, physical, mathematical 3000.

RC and draft (DLC). RC in Virginia Randolph Trist’s hand, except for Jefferson’s mark “Circular” at top and his signature. Draft in Jefferson’s hand, including his verso docket: “Visitors. Apr. 9. 24. Circular.” A second RC, addressed by Jefferson to John Hartwell Cocke at Bremo (ViU: Special Collections), is docketed by Cocke as received 10 Apr. and answered five days later. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

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