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Your letter of Feb. 27. came to hand in due time; that of the 15 th inst. was recieved yesterday. I have this day directed our Proctor to have 250.D. immediately remitted to yourself for mr Willard, to hold 250.D. more ready to be called for at his convenience, & to count on paying the whole balance at the final conclusion. whenever therefore mr Willard’s convenience may make it acceptable to...
Enclosed is the bond for the duties on the marble capitals, which has been paid. I regret the Com, relinquishing the duties, had not passed sooner, as it would have saved you much trouble. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
I have been earnestly engaged in disposing of my concerns in Fredericksburg—that I might comply with the promise I made you to be at the University by the first of July—The term of the Chancery Court, in which I was constantly employed, was protracted a fortnight longer than usual—which deprived me of so much of the time that I had laid off for the settlement of my private concerns—The wagoner...
I here with send you the Bill of James Oldham against the Rector & myself and my answer to it for your perusal and to answer such parts as you may think proper on the part of the Rector it is necessary for my answer to be filed in the Chancery court by the 10 th day of the court (25 th of the present month) therefore you will see the necessity of returning it as soon as possible CSmH .
I do myself the satisfaction of sending a copy of my book—I think I should hardly have ventured to put it forth had not your opinion on the matter of a letter addressed to Col. Randolph, induced me, instead of continuing to write him, as I had proposed to do, to put it into the form of a book I cannot anticipate whether it is well or ill done, or whether it is dull or interesting. I think that...
I recieved your letter on the subject of the Wine per Ship Mandarin. and upon inquiry at the Custom House, find that the Wine has been carefully put away for you in the Public Store. The Collector tells me, he forwarded the letters which accompanied the Wine, to you with an indorsement shewing by what vessel it came. I suppose that these letters have miscarried. or perhaps you did not observe...
I am upon the eve of my departure for Europe in prosecution of my professional Studies as an artist, and Shall Visit Italy, France and England—Neither my acquaintance with you nor any distinction I have acquired entitles me to the Smallest claim on your Kindness, but as a Virginian it would be peculiarly flattering to carry Some memorial that I was not entirely unknown to you—A letter to any...
I should be glad to know, what I am to make Students coming at this time pay for Dormitory and University rent—whether a dedication is to be made or whether they are to pay rent as for the whole session—Some Law Students will be coming in soon and I wish to be informed on the subject before they get here, your Opinion as soon as possible is requested CSmH .
For your kind and consolatory Letter of the 6 th Inst. The style and spirit of its indiction, would have betrayed its author to men less acquainted with the sage of Monticello, the Author of the Declaration of American Independence, the friend of Washington, the Friend of Science and of Liberty.—None but he, who, has experienced the smiles and vicisitudes of Life, could duly appreciate your...
I have seen Mr Willard, and given him your order for a clock and bell: in consequence of my conversation with him on the subject, some time since, he procured castings of the principal wheels, and made other preparations, at his own risk, which involved him in some expense and make an advance desireable; at present all he asks is 100 dls, and the work done amply warrants the payment of such a...
No definitive order has been given as to the substitutes for arms for the students attending the military school. because of the doubtfulness of our funds. considering however that the number of 55. or 60 only as at present sufficient, I will consult with mr Brockenbro’ whether we may not venture order that number to be made. Accept my salutns DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
It was my intention to have called on you this evening, and to have presented in person M r Goodwyn, who will have the pleasure to deliver to you this letter, but have been prevented by the rain. He is a son, of M r P. Goodwyn, a member of Congress, I believe, during your service, in the gov t , as well as mine. Having purchased a part of my land here, he will become your neighbour, and I am...
Will you be so good as to inform me what arrangements have been made with respect to furnishing the students with Arms—If they could be procured and lent to the students who attend my school within a week or two I should be pleased, as it is assential in order to enable me to discharge my duty; that they have them soon. I should consider it a great favour done me if exertions were made to...
As chairman of a committee appointed by the citizens of Washington to make arrangements for celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of American Independence in a manner worthy of the Metropolis of the nation, I am directed to invite you, as one of the signers of the ever-memorable Declaration of the 4 th of July 1776, to honor the City with your presence on the occasion. I am further instructed...
I take the liberty of troubling you with a small commission of enquiry to which I will not add that of a long preamble. Mess rs Dodge & Iznard of Marseilles, by a letter of Feb. 18. 26. advised me that they had shipped 2 casks of wine for me on board the ship Mandarin A. M. Norman Master, bound to the port of Baltimore, and consigned for me to the Collector of that port. that letter I recieved...
Not being able to find such a Cask of Sicily Madiera Wine as I liked, concluded to send but ten gallons at present, & wait until a better parcel was rec d , before I send a larger quantity—if you will let me know when this is out, will send you some better which is expected. I expect to go up in the stage with this, on my way to Lexington for a week, & shall regret if I am unable to call on...
Y r fav r of the 31 st Ult. address d to our M r H. was rec d in due Course M r Hilliard left for V a last week & will proby be at Charlottsville about the 20 th inst; we shipped, Cases [GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] 5.6/ German [GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] 8. 9. 10/ English
being very disirous of obtaining some Information relative to the University of Virginia I have taken the Liberty to address you on the subject. I was at a loss to know to whom I should apply until it was suggested that a Communication to you would meet with attention. Please inform me what will be the annual charges for Board and Tuition and at what time in the year the course of studies...
Your favor of May 31 came safely to hand, covering one from Mess rs Taylor & others a commee of the corporn of the city of N. York, and I ask leave through the same channel to return the inclosed answer. with the assurance of my esteem & respect. MHi .
I have for some time entertained the hope that your affairs being once wound up, your mind would cease to look back on them, and resume the calm so necessary to your own happiness and that of your family & friends, and especially that you would return again to their society. I hope there remains no reason now to delay this longer, and that you will rejoin our table and fireside as heretofore....
I recieve, Gentlemen, with great thankfulness the Medals you have been pleased to send me, commemorative of the completion of the Erie canal. this great work will immortalize the present authorities of New York, will bless their descendants with wealth and prosperity, and prove to mankind the superior wisdom of employing the resources of industry in works of improvement rather than of...
To the Committee of arrangement of the Corporn of the city of N.Y. I have to acknolege Gentleman the honor of your letter of the 31 st ult, inviting me, in the name of the Corporn of the city of N. York to a participation with them in the festivities with which they propose to celebrate the approaching Anniversary of our indepdce. the few surviving signers of memorable instrument which...
I take the liberty to forward to you a copy of a communication to the American Academy on the subject of Longevity &c., and shall be happy if it affords you any gratification. You will see, Sir, that it has been an object in making the communication to excite some attention to the mode of taking the Census of the United States. Should the remarks on this subject, meet your approbation, perhaps...
I regret that it is not in my power to give you the information which you desire. I perceive the Recorder’s name (R. Riker) and presume that the rest are Members of the Corporation and perhaps Aldermen as these have long been celebrated committee-men upon festive occasions. —Perhaps, Sir, your wish is to have the names merely deciphered without any regard to rank &c. They appear to me to be...
The subject of your letter of May 20. has attracted more notice certainly than it merited. that the opern to which it refers, was painful to a certain degree I admit, but it was shor-tlived, and there would have ended as to myself. my age and the state of my health at that time gave an alarm to my family which I neither felt nor expressed. what may have been said in newspapers I know not,...
A word to you, my dearest Ellen, under the cover of mr Coolidge’s letter. I address you the less frequently, because I find it easier to write 10 letters of business, than one on the intangible affections of the mind. were these to be indulged as calls for writing letters to express them, my love to you would engross the unremitting exercises of my pen. I hear of you regularly however, thro’...
I forwarded to shadwell mills, a day or two since, a keg of Tongues & sounds, & a package of dumb Fish, for you, just rec d from M r Coolidge of Boston, which I hope will reach you safely— MHi .
You have heretofore known that the ability of the University to meet the necessary expences of a bell and clock, depended on the remission by Congress, of the duties on marble bases and capitels used in our buildings, a sum of nearly 3000,D. the remission is granted, and I am now authorised to close with mr Willard for the undertaking of the clock, as proposed in your letter of Aug. 25. I must...
Instructions for the government of the Artist in making the Clock for the University of Virginia. The bell is to weigh 400.℔, which it is supposed will ensure it’s being heard 1½ mile under any circumstance of weather. The distance of the hollow cylinder in which the weights are to descend, and it’s oblique direction from the dial plate has rendered necessary an outline of the ground plate and...
My last to you was of the 6 th inst. since which yours of the 8 th is come to hand. the 3. cases of books from England, 1. from France, and 3. from Germany therein mentioned to have been shipped to the care of Col o Peyton are not yet heard of by us. it is possible that by the time of their arrival at the University , the room in which they are to be arranged, and the necessary presses may be...