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Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Thomas Jefferson, 17 June 1817

From Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Washington June 17th 1817

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 12th currt (P.M.1 14th June) I have just now received, and am, more than I can express, flattered and gratified by the request it contains.—And not only is it pleasing to me, to find that after so many Years knowledge of my character & talents, while employed in the public service under your eye & direction, I still retain your esteem and friendship, but I have derived important professional improvement from the entirely novel plan of an Academy suggested by you. At this moment I have only time to thank you for all your letter contains; but by the 1st of July, I will transmit to You all that my professional knowledge enables me to suggest & design towards the execution of Your plan, of which I shall ask leave to retain a Copy. I have long considered the common plan of a College as most radically defective.—In your design the principal evils of the usual barrack arrangement appear to be avoided. But I have only had time to read your letter, and now can only assure You of that respect & attachment with which I always have been & am


B H Latrobe

RC (DLC); at head of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 June 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

1Abbreviation for “postmarked.”

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