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Thomas Jefferson to John Vaughan, 7 April 1816

To John Vaughan

Monticello Apr. 7. 16.

[De]ar Sir

Your favor of Mar. 13. has been duly recieved. I forwarded to mr Appleton a duplicate of the letter I inclosed to you by a gentleman going direct to Paris, from whence he would forward it to Leghorn. owing to mr Dufief a balance of 24. D 68 c I have taken the liberty of inclosing him a draught on you for that sum. you will perhaps have seen that our late legislature has taken up the subject of public improvement with great spirit, and I hope they will pursue it. an University for the sciences, district colleges for classical education, and elementary schools in every county, Astronomical, geometrical, topographical, & mineralogical surveys of the state, with roads [and] canals are provided for. all this undertaken while [. . .] paying five times higher taxes than ever were paid in the st[ate] before, shews that the spirit of the state is roused, and taking an excellent direction. ever & affectionately your’s

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph Miller to TJ, 29 Feb. 1816; salutation faint; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “John Vaughan esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

The gentleman going direct to paris was Dabney C. Terrell.

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; consul at Leghorn search
  • Appleton, Thomas; TJ pays search
  • canals; in Va. search
  • Dufief, Nicolas Gouin; TJ pays search
  • education; in Va. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Vaughan search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; public initiatives in Va. search
  • roads; in Va. search
  • surveying; and new map of Va. search
  • taxes; TJ on search
  • Terrell, Dabney Carr (TJ’s sister Martha Jefferson Carr’s grandson); carries TJ’s letters to Europe search
  • Vaughan, John; account with TJ search
  • Vaughan, John; letters to search
  • Vaughan, John; TJ sends letters through search
  • Virginia; TJ on public initiatives in search