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It is very long since I have written to you. now within a few days of fourscore and two, with a weakened body and waning mind, writing is become slow and unpleasant. but another reason has been that I had nothing to write about which could interest you, except our University, in which you have kindly taken an interest; and the constant hope of seeing that get shortly under way, and furnish...
I recieved, a day or two ago, a small pamphlet on Materialism without any indication from what quarter it came. but I knew there was but one person in the United States capable of writing it and therefore am at no loss to whom to address my thanks for it and assurances of high esteem and respect. ScU .
I duly rec d your favor of the 23 d Ult. as also the 2 pamphlets you were so kind as to send me. that on the tariff I observed was soon reprinted in Ritchie’s Enquirer: I was only sorry he did not postpone it to the meeting of Congress when it would have got into the hands of all the members and could not fail to have great effect, perhaps a decisive one. it is really an extraordinary...
I am sorry to learn by your letter of the 6 th that the genus irritabile vatum revive their persecutions against you in a state on whose liberal opinions I had believed that fanaticism had no hold. I still hope you will be safe under the wing of the legislature which has given such eminent proofs of their sense of your value to them. the question you ask with respect to this place is one which...
I have to thank you for the copy of the laws of your College, from which I am sure we shall recieve good aid whenever we proceed to form those for our institn if ever that day is to come. our last legislre indeed has had better disposns than the preceding one. they agreed to lend us another 60.M.D. but on interest also. this will compleat our buildings. but then our annuity of 15. M . D will...
Your favor of Oct. 18. came to hand yesterday. the atmosphere of our country is unquestionably charged with a threatening cloud of fanaticism, lighter in some parts, denser in others, but too heavy in all. I had no idea however that in Pensylvania, the cradle of toleration and freedom of religion, it could have arisen to the height you describe. this must be owing to the growth of...
Your favor of Feb. 14. came to hand on the 3 d inst. with the address to the Medical board, which I read with the pleasure I recieve from every exhortation for the advancement of science. the other printed paper gave me deep concern. the first obstacle to science in this country is that the means of promoting it are at the sole disposal of those who do not know it’s value. but a second, a...
The shortness of the term left to my grandson Francis Eppes for the pursuit of Academical studies, calls for extreme parsimony in the employment of the portion of it which still remains to him. and I am rendered more anxious for the economy of this remnant by information recieved from him, of which I was not before apprised. he tells me there is a distinction in the College of Columbia between...
Your favor of Mar. 12. was recieved on the 22 d but as our Visitors were to meet within a few days, I postponed writing to you until they had determined on the operations of the campaign. our legislature have authorised us to borrow another 60. M .D. and it is confidently understood that if we can accomplish our buildings with that sum, they will spunge the debt, and place us in a condition to...
This will be handed you by mr John Wayles Baker son of the Treasurer of this state, and a connection of mine whom, in a former letter, I mentioned to you with my grandson Francis Eppes, presuming they would go together to the College of Columbia. you will find him a youth of excellent dispositions and orderly conduct, and well worthy of any patronage and good offices you may be so kind as to...
I recieved yesterday your favor of the 21. and am glad to learn that you will return to Columbia by land; in which case I hope you will take this in your way, and to prevent disappointment I must state to you my movements. Sep. 6. I shall set out to Poplar Forest. 24. I shall be at home. Oct. 4. the Visitors of the University meet. 11. I shall return to Poplar Forest to stay till winter, as...
Yours of the 24 th ult. was recieved in due time and I shall rejoice indeed if mr Elliot and mr Nulty are joined to you in the institution at Columbia, which now becomes of immediate interest to me. mr Stack has given notice to his first class that he shall dismiss them on the 10 th of the next month, and his mathematical assistant also at the same time, being determined to take only small...
I was about addressing a letter to you at Columbia, when I received information by D r Caldwell that he had left you in Philadelphia. I learnt with great pleasure by your’s of May 3. That our friends of S. Carolina had had the wisdom so readily to avail themselves of your disengagement with us. yet I could not, & cannot renounce the hope that it is not to be final. I had felt no concern at the...
Your favor of Mar. 1. reached me on the 12 th and I answered it on the 13 th of that month; since which yours of the 21 st has come to hand. the opinion I gave on the subject of D r Rice’s publication was that of my first impressions, and without having had time to enquire of others who go more into the world and know better what is passing in it. I have since ext did my enquiries, and,...
On the 13 th inst. I gave to mr Coffee a letter of introduction to you. a few days after his departure the inclosed came to my hands, with which I can do nothing better than give it the protection of your cover as he will probably be with you when it gets to your hand. affectionately yours ViU .
This will be handed you by mr Coffee, an English gentleman of eminence in the arts of sculpture and painting. he has been for some time an inmate with us at Monticello, having been engaged in making the busts in plaister of myself and all the grown members of our family. he has done the same at mr Madison’s and some other families of the neighborhood, and much in Richmond and to very general...
Your letter of the 1 st came to hand the last night. 4 days before that, to wit on the 8 th I had addressed one to you; in which however I had committed an error which I must correct in the first place. it was in naming 1500 instead of 750. D. this lapse of memory occurred to me after despatching mine. on turning to yours of Oct. 25. 19. I found that the proposition made in that and acceded to...
Your favor of Feb. 10. came to my hands on the 27 th and expecting a consultation with 2 of my colleagues I postponed answering until that should have taken place. your pavilion is finished except plaistering and painting. the former will require all this month, from the variableness of the season. the house joiner asks a fortnight after removal of the rubbish of the plaisterer to hang his...
your letter of Oct. 25. was recieved here on the 4 th inst. my collegue of superintendence lives but 30. miles from me: but it is across the country, & by zig-zag cross posts which have retarded the reciept of his answer till yesterday. your letter was communicated to him and he concurs with me in accepting all it’s proposition which you may therefore consider as established, as we do your...
By instructions from the board of Visitors of the University of Virginia we make to you the following communications. At our first meeting, in March last, the board determined that three buildings should be undertaken in the present year, which, with the two already on hand might enable them to open the University partially by the 1 st of April next; & with this expectation they fixed on that...
Your favor of June 21. is recieved, and I have exhibited the different designs for our seal to such friends as had taste for such things. we all preferred the attitude of Minerva in one of M r Otis’s designs as being more beautiful, but not the shield & spear. The emblems of another of his figures, the olive branch & cornucopia, peace & plenty, are more conformable to the idea expressed by the...
M r Leschot of Charlottesville going on to Philadelphia, we charge him with a sum of money, sufficient as we suppose to pay for the 5 stoves. should we undercalculate the amount the dealer in these articles will surely trust us for what it may be deficient on my assurance that it shall be remitted as soon as known. he must put them, in proper condition, on board some vessel bound to Richmond,...
On the 29 th ult. (the day appointed) we had a full meeting of the Visitors of the University. it consisted of 4. of the former members of the Central College, & 3. others. with this new composition of our board, some changes in our former views arose. the former board had determined to divert the funds of the institution as little as possible, for the present, from the object of providing...
After the passage by our legislature of the act for establishing their University at the Central College, several incidents of expectation suspended my asking a meeting of our visitors, which might enable me to write to you. one of these was the hope that the legislature would make a further donation to enable us to erect our buildings, to that we might be ready soon to open our general...
M r Richardson had left us about an hour when I recieve d information from Richmond that the University bill had passed our house of Representatives by a majority of between 50. and 100 votes on different votes. altho’ now certain of our establishment I will not write to you finally till the bill is finally past. there are but 2. votes against it in the Senate
Before answering the queries stated in your letter of this yester day, I must premise that whatever I say, will be founded on the hypothesis that our legislature shall adopt the Central College as the site for the University of Virginia , which of course entitles it to the funds appropriated to that object. 1. my letter to you of Oct. 10. approved by the Visitors
Your letters of Aug. 26. Sep. 1. 2. 3. were recieved yesterday evening. I returned from the warm springs a few days ago , in prostrated health, from the use of the waters. their effect, and the journey back reduced me to the last stage of exhaustion; but I am recovering. we shall all be happy to recieve here mrs Cooper , yourself & M. Correa , and expect that according to former request you...
A meeting of Comm rs to agree on & recommend to the legislature a site for their University was held at Rockfish gap on the 1 st inst. where we agreed, 16. to 5. that it should be at our Central College ; and from thence I came here to remove some Rheumatic complaints affections
I wrote to you yesterday , since which it has occurred to me that you can render us a great service. among the duties required by the legislature from the Comm rs for the location of their University , one is to state to them the sciences proper for such an institution, and the number of Professors necessary. to determine this so as not to endanger overburthening any Professor, it is essential...
Our legislature has appropriated 15,000 D. a year for an University, & taken measures for fixing it’s site, which I am confident will result in adopting that of the Central College . our Visitors meet here on the 11 th of May , and I therefore press M r Correa to make his visit a few days before that, because in yours of Feb. 20.