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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...
I have the honor to transmit to you the enclosed Communication from a Committee of the Corporation of this City— MHi .
On mention being made to me. of the contribution of 5. D required from the Students of Chemistry it occurred at once that this must be for an article for which the Visitors had made other provision, of which you had had no information, it happened that no circumstance had occur d to produce the mention of it to you. I now send you extracts from the journals by which you will learn that they...
Your favor of the 25 th came to hand yesterday, and I shall be happy to recieve you at the time you mention, or at any other, if any other shall be more convenient to you. Not being now possessed of a copy of Gen l Lee’s memoirs, as I before observed to you, I may have misremembered the passage respecting Simpcoe’s expedition, and very willingly stand corrected. the only facts relative to it...
The ensuing Fourth of July being the Semi-centenial Anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence the Corporation of this City have resolved to celebrate it with encreased demonstrations of respect, and we are appointed a Committee to make the necessary Arrangments— While the coming day fills our minds with emotions of pride and gratitude, we are naturally led to contemplate those...
Can you come and breakfast with us tomorrow morning? I have the papers ready for your inspection, but they require explanation. you can then consider them at your leisure and get them corrected on consultation with mr Garrett. I could ride to Charlottesville, but it is always followed with inconvenience and injury, or I should not ask the indulgence. respectful and friendly salutations. ViU .
Your letter with its enclosures reached Newfolk some days ago, while I was absent; or it would have been sooner answered. I shall not be able to give much information to M r. Miller, on the subject of his enquiries; but what I can give I will; and forward my letter to him, enclosed in yours. I take, as you may imagine, a very deep interest in the success of the University, not only as a...
Estimate for 1826. made May 28. 26. Demands which must be met promptly Resources. D Annuity for 1826 15,000 Salaries of 7. Professors @ 1,500 10,500 Rent of 6. Hotels 1,200. Law d o for 6. months 750 Dormitory rent, suppose 164 stud ts @ 8.D. 1,312 Orindary expences of the establmt 3,500
Feeling apprehensive that you may be putting yourself to inconvenience by an immediate visit upon the subject contained in your last note to me, I have taken the liberty of replying at once, still, however, hoping to see you not only upon this occasion, but upon all others when you may visit the University. I have been also induced to explain thus early, from a very unpleasant suspicion that...
Since the date of my last letter to you I am enabled to add a little informn to that then given. the rev d mr Jared Sparks formerly pastor of the Unitarian church in Baltimore & lately editor of the N. A. Rev. passing to the South for his health informed me in a lre from Northfolk that he contemplated a publicn on the American revoln, and should avail himself of the journey he was on to obtain...
The freedom of this address to you if it needs any apology, will find it in the extent and depth of the Interest which its Subject matter involves—with respect to the distracted State of political offers in which the people of this State are involved at this time, The heate of enthusiasms the diversity of opinions, the ambitions and prejudice thereby created are of unparalleled Magnitude which...
I have read with great satisfaction your letter of the 15 th and most heartily thank you for the cordiality of its spirit, the value of its details; for the liberal estimate you place upon my motives, and the fairness of your expressions, respecting my father. In attempting to do justice to you, and ascertain and communicate in his name, the truth, I am sure, if such things can reach here now,...
Having found it impossible to carry into effect the arrangements which you were good enough to make. I must request you to place the responsibility which results from having charge of the Instruments, upon some other person. The great difficulty of obtaining the necessary apparatus for my department, & the costly nature of many of the articles, have made me very solicitous to get proper plans...
The Students here, continued in open rebellion till this morning at 10 Clock, when after a very stormy meeting, the majority agreed, that they should all return to their duty. we had given notice, that to day we would suspend untill november next, every Student in College who refused. They have agreed to our calling up any witness whatever in case of an accusation against a student, and put...
Col o Peyton is my correspondent in Richmond, selling and disposing of my crops and holding the proceeds subject to my order. formerly I found it sometimes difficult to get cash here for my draughts on him there. in my dealings with mr Raphael it has suited him to take my bills not only to the amount of his quarterly account but for such moderate additional sums as I need for little...
Albemarle County May 22 nd. 1826. Rec d of Th s Jefferson Esqe his Draft on Co l. B. Peyton of Richmond at Sight for One Hundred Dollars ($100) Above you will find a Rec t for One Hundred Dollars. I have given your Grandson Twelve Dollars five ½ cents in change out of the Draft. Credited You with the Amt of Draft & charged the money sent. it will at all times afford me great pleasure (when in...
W m Harris Jones presents his most respectful Compliments to M r Jefferson, & begs the favour, (if Mr J’s health will permit), of his viewing the fine paintings by Van Derlyn, which W. H. J. has brought up to Charlottesville As they have stood the test of criticism in Paris—as well as in most parts of the Union W. H. J. is sure M r J would be much gratified by the inspection—M r Van Derlyn...
When I requested the catalogues from you, I was not the least aware, that the Boxes, in the University, could be considered the property of M r Hilliard, but such being the case it would, of course, be the height of imprudence to meddle with them. I regret this the more inasmuch as those who attended my lectures last year will find that we possess no additional advantages this—& the two first...
In consequence of the drouth our well have most all given out and our pipes are so much decayed that we can’t get a supply from the Mountain without going to a considerable expence in renewing them and consequently we are put to considerable inconveniance for the want of a sufficiency of water—The well have also declined in Charlottesville——The people of Charlottesville have proposed that we...
As the poet says, “there are strings in the human heart, which once touched will some times utter dreadful discord.” Per the public vehicles of information the expresident has perceived the very illiberal manner in which my character & feelings have been treated; and that of those of his honor have been unintentionably wounded, mine have b een publickly assaulted, & lacerated?—why?—Because...
I am extremely dissatisfied withe train in which our works at the University are going on, and were it not for my great confidence in the integrity of those we employ, I should be unable to resist the suspicion of a willingness in them to make the job last for life. I am at present suffering under a relapse so serious as to put it out my power to go there as frequently as is requisite. I will...