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Minutes of Central College Board of Visitors, 26 February 1819

Minutes of Central College Board of Visitors

We1 The subscribers, Visitors of the Central College, having been specially called to meet on the 26th day of Feb. 1819, and authorised by the act of the legislature, now in session, for establishing the University of Virginia, to continue the exercise of our former functions, and to fulfill the duties of our successors, Visitors of the sd University, until their first actual meeting, have unanimously agreed on the following opinions & proceedings.

That it is expedient that all the funds of the University, applicable to the services of the present year, which shall remain after meeting all the other current & necessary purposes, shall be applied to the providing additional buildings for the accomodation of the Professors, & for dieting & lodging the students of the University.

That the urgency of the advancing season, & the importance of procuring workmen before they become generally otherwise engaged for the season, render it necessary for expediting the objects of the University, that certain measures be forthwith taken, which, if delayed until the first actual meeting of our successors, would materially retard those objects.

That taking into view the balance remaining of the funds of the last year, to wit, of the proceeds of the glebes, & of the 1st & 2d instalments of subscriptions, after payment shall have been made of the expenditures of the same year, as also the 3d instalment of subscriptions payable in April 182[0] and the public endowment of 15,000.D. for the present year, engagements may be entered into for building in the approaching season two more pavilions for the Professors one Hotel for dieting the students, and as many additional Dormitories for their lodging, with the necessary appendages as the said funds shall be competent to accomplish: that we approve of the propositions for covering with tin sheets the pavilions and hotels hereafter to be covered, and for bringing water to them by wooden pipes from the neighboring highlands.

That Alexander Garrett, treasurer of the Central college, be continued as the depository of the funds of the institutions,2 with authority to exercise the powers and perform the duties of Bursar of the University until otherwise provided.

That to meet the immediate and pressing calls for money he be authorised to recieve from the treasury of the state the sum of fifteen hundred Dollars, in part of the public endowment of 15,000. Dollars3 for the present year.

That a copy of these proceedings be laid before the Governor and council for the exercise of the power of controul committed to them by the same act of the legislature, should they think proper to exercise that power on any part of these proceedings

Feb. 26. 1819.

Th: Jefferson
James Madison
J. H. Cocke
David Watson

MS (ViU: TJP-VMTJ); in TJ’s hand, signed by TJ, Madison, Cocke, and Watson; edge frayed, with missing digit supplied from Trs. Tr (Vi: RG 79, House of Delegates, Speaker, Executive Communications); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; with TJ’s attestation at foot of text: “A true copy from the original journal at present deposited with Th: Jefferson.” Tr (ViU: JCC); entirely in Joseph C. Cabell’s hand, including TJ’s attestation; undated; twice endorsed by Cabell, with longer version reading: “Copy of the record of the Proceedings had at a meeting of the Visitors of the Central College held at Mr Madisons in Orange. 26. Feb: 1819”; with notation by Cabell beneath endorsement related to subjoined Tr of TJ to Cabell, [ca. 26 Feb. 1819]. Tr (ViU: TJP-VMJCC). Tr (ViU: TJP-VMJHC). Tr (ViU: TJP-VMJB). Enclosed in TJ to Cabell, [ca. 26 Feb.], 1 Mar. 1819.

public endowment of 15,000.d.: the Virginia General Assembly’s 21 Feb. 1818 “Act appropriating part of the revenue of the Literary Fund, and for other purposes,” allotted “fifteen thousand dollars per annum” to the University of Virginia “for the purpose of defraying the expences of procuring the land and erecting the buildings, and for the permanent endowment” of the school (Acts of Assembly [1817–18 sess.], 11–5, quotes on p. 14). The governor of Virginia was James P. Preston.

1Word added in MS and Vi Tr.

2ViU: TJP-VMJCC, VMJHC, and VMJB Trs: “institution.”

3Preceding nine words not in Vi Tr and ViU: JCC Tr.

Index Entries

  • An Act appropriating part of the revenue of the Literary Fund, and for other purposes (1818) search
  • An act for the establishment of an University (1819) search
  • building materials; tin search
  • Central College; subscription for search
  • Central College; treasurer of search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; Minutes of search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); as member of Central College Board of Visitors search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as Central College treasurer search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Bill to Establish a University search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); as member of Central College Board of Visitors search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); visitors to search
  • pipes, water; for University of Virginia search
  • Preston, James Patton; and Central College search
  • subscriptions, nonpublication; for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • tin; for University of Virginia search
  • tin; roofs covered with search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; dormitory rooms search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; hotels search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; pavilions search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; water for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; water pipes for search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; Bill to Establish a University search
  • Virginia, University of; Students; room and board search
  • Virginia; Council of State search
  • Virginia; governor search
  • Virginia; treasury of search
  • water; pipes search
  • Watson, David (1773–1830); as member of Central College Board of Visitors search
  • wood; for water pipes search