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MHi : Coolidge Collection.
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr and mrs Key to dine at Monticello tomorrow, Friday his dinner hour is half after three. ItF : Gonnelli Collection.
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mr Miller for the trouble he has taken with his Polygraph, and unwilling to add to it by that of bringing it here, as it can only come in a carriage, he sends a boy with a small vehicle for it; and hopes mr Millar by coming to dinner tomorrow, or next day, or any day which suits him will give him an opportunity of expressing his thanks personally. OCHP .
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Thomas W. Gilmer to dine at Monticello to-day with Gen l La Fayette. Privately owned.
Age and debility after a recent illness oblige Th: Jefferson to borrow the pen of another to thank Col o Lehré for his kind letter of July 5. to assure him of the gratification it affords him to learn that those who have thought well of him continue their kind dispositions and that those who have thought otherwise begin to change opinions. he never had a wish but for the good of all his...
Th Jefferson returns his thanks to D r Sewall for the information he has been so kind as to furnish him of the institution of a Medical school in the College of Columbia. he sincerely wishes it success and that it may have it’s share in the merit of lessening the afflictions of mankind. he is particularly obliged to him for his interesting account of the medical institutions of our country. we...
Since my solicitation of July 22. at your request the ground on which I stand is entirely changed, and it is become impossible for me to ask any thing further from the govmt. I cannot explain this to you, and even request you not to mention the fact. I should not have sent it to you, but that I cannot offer you false excuses. my frdshp for you is the same , but this method of proving it is no...
I have duly recieved your favor of the 1 st instant, and am happy to learn that we are likely to have a good biography of the late judge M c Kean. altho’ we served together in revolutionary scenes, and after these in others equally trying, yet length of time and the wane of memory have left me no recollections which would be worth noting. the general remembrance can never be obliterated that...
On the 13 th inst. I gave to mr Coffee a letter of introduction to you. a few days after his departure the inclosed came to my hands, with which I can do nothing better than give it the protection of your cover as he will probably be with you when it gets to your hand. affectionately yours ViU .
This is merely to convey to you a triplicate of Gwathmey’s bill on James Hogarty of Liverpool for 369 £ 10. s sterling, the 1 st & 2 d of which were sent to mr Williams, of which 444. D. are to be paid on my account to M. & M de Pini and 1200. D. to be credited by you to the University of Virginia for the purposes explained to you in my letter of Apr. 16. I salute you with affectionate...
M r Brockenbro’ Proctor of the University of Virga informs me that you have been so kind as to send him for that instn 2. boxes of minerals procured in Germany. for this proof of the int. you take in that instn I beg leave on it’s behalf to return you it’s thanks. I hope it will fully repay the patronage of our country by the effect it will have on it’s future science morals and good fame. it...
Your favor of Oct. 29. was duly recieved. our Report was ready on the 6 th of Oct. except as to a single blank to be filled with the result of an account not then in hand, this was not rendered to me till the day before yesterday and I this day commit the whole to the mail under address to the Gov r as required by law. I hope you will always print our reports in 8 vo being most convenient for...
I have duly recieved your favor of the 5 th & also the half dozen cups which you have been so kind as to have forwarded to me, for which accept my thanks. Ellen will express to you herself her obligations for what was addressed to her. I am this day writing to Paris for some books and gladly place among them the Recueil of M. Durand, which I presume was published there. for the Pompeiana I...
M r Hilliard, the expected agent for purchasing our library being now here, Th: Jefferson is obliged to request from mr Key the return of the catalogue for communication to him. mr Key will still be so good as to prepare his supplement at his leisure and to accept the friendly salutations of SzGeBPU .
Th: Jefferson forwards to mr Sully three letters which came under cover to him yesterday evening and salutes him with friendly respect Note from Ex-President Jefferson to M r Sully the Artist, sent me by the latter in 1830.— signer of the Declaration of Independance MHi : Coolidge Collection.
I inclose you a letter from N. H. Lewis as Secretary of the Rivanna company, as also a copy of the interlocutory decree of Chancellor Brown for the appointment of Commissioners, which is the object of this letter. I have informed mr Lewis that I leave all further proceedings in this matter to you, and shall confirm whatever you do in it. MHi : Coolidge Collection.
Th: J. returns his thanks to mr Benton of Missouri for the copy of the petition of the University of Virga he has been so kind as to send him. he recieves it as an augury of approbtn of it’s object a presumption authorised by his enlightened efforts in the affairs of his own state, whose entrance into our fraternity of states has been welcomed more sincerely or warmly by no one than by DLC :...
I am favored with your letter of Dec. 18 and am sorry it is not in my power to give any satisfactory answer to it’s enquiries. the walls of our buildings are not yet compleated and the entire finishing of the structures necessary is to be accomplished before we proceed to procuring professors. when this will be must depend altogether on the aids which the legislature may give to this object....
Your favor of Jan. 31. is this moment rec d and without loss of time I have filled up the dates of the bond as required, reacknoleged it before witnesses & now inclose it. I have dated it on the 6 th to remove ambiguity as to the commecmt of interest, because before you recieve it that date will have occurred. all here are well, and myself as ever affly yours DLC : Papers of Thomas Jefferson.
Th Jefferson asks the favor of mr Ritchie to add Charlottesville to the address of his paper, without which it goes to the Milton P.O. with which he has no intercourse, & the consequence is that his Enquirers accumulate there till some accident offers a conveyance whereas with Charlottesville he has daily communicn. he salutes him with esteem & respect MHi .
Th: Jefferson presents his thanks to mr Thomas for the copy of the Archaeologia Americana which he has been so kind as to send him, and his congratulations on the proof this volume affords that the American Antiquarian society will deserve well of their country. it is truly pleasing to hope that, by their attentions, the monuments of the character and condition of the people who preceded us in...
Notes of acc t between the University & Tho s Appleton 1824. Feb. 8. by lre of this date 10. Capitals & 2 semi d o for Rotunda w d cost 6,140 1400 marble squares of 12.I. @ 22. D 50 c the hundred 315 6,455 By proceeds of 4000.D. remitted 3940.50 2514.50 DLC
I am so oppressed with writing that I put off answering your two letters in the expectn I should meet with you in my rides to the University. mr Page (exr of mr Eppes) informed me of his draught on me as soon as he made it and I immediately assured him it should be honored. this shall accdly be done with little delay. I wish to hear of the arrival of my Bedf d tob o in Richm d but will draw...
I have duly recieved your favor of the 1 st and shall place that with those which it covered for the future attention of the Visitors of the University. but we are far, very far as yet from the appointment of professors. our buildings may be finished within two or three years, but our funds will then be left burthened with a debt which they will not discharge in many years. the Legislature may...
I recieved, a day or two ago, a small pamphlet on Materialism without any indication from what quarter it came. but I knew there was but one person in the United States capable of writing it and therefore am at no loss to whom to address my thanks for it and assurances of high esteem and respect. ScU .
Th: J. returns his thanks to mr Gantt and the 76 associan for the copies they have been so good as to send him of the orations of mr Elliott and mr Ramsay, & especially for the kind ness of their expressions towds himself. if the times in which his lot happ d to be cast have put some opptys in his way of bearing testimony to good principles he is abundantly rewarded by the zeal with which they...
Having been confined to the house by sickness now 4. months I can no further comply with the request in your letter of Aug. 18. than by thanking you for it’s kind expressions towards myself acknoleging the pleasure I receive from every testimony that my services have been acceptable to my follow citizens and assuring you of my best wishes and respects MHi .
Th: J. returns his thanks to mr Whittemore for the copy of his oration on the 4 th of July which he has been so kind as to send him it is always matter of great gratifn to him to see the principles of the revoln avowed & cherished by those now charged with their preservn , & hopes they will be handed down in all their purity from genern to genern he salutes mr W. with great respect. MoSHi :...
Bad news, my dear Jefferson, as to your sister Anne. She expired about half an hour ago. I have been so ill for several days that I could not go to see her till this morning, and found her speechless and insensible. She breathed her last about 11 o’clock. Heaven seems to be overwhelming us with every form of misfortune, and I expect your next will give me the coup de grâce . Your own family...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to D r Ewell for the copy of his eloquent oration of the 4 th of July last, which he has been so kind as to send him. he recognises in it the true spirit of 76. and rejoices always to see the ardor of those days still fostered in the bosoms of his f. c. and with his thanks he prays D r . E. to accept the assur es of his constant attamts and best wishes for his...
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I wrote you on the 13 th on the subject of my arrearages, on looking into mr Gibson’s acc ts who acted for me till 21, I find a payment of 10.D. for the Enquirer on June 9. 20. so that I suspect I was mistaken in supposing I had written to Col o Peyton to pay for the paper. I presume that on changing my agent in 20. or 21. I omitted to give the general order and that my arrears commence after...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mr M c Kenny for the kind expressions of his note of June 26. and for his attention in sending him a copy of his Prospectus. but age, debility and an aversion to politics have for some time withdrawn him from every thing of that character. he reads but one newspaper, and that of his own state, and for the sake of the advertisements chiefly: giving a...
We have as yet no library nor consequently employment for a librarian. and when we need one we propose a compensation of 50. D. a year only, counting that some one of the professors will undertake it for that, the fact is also that a librarian must ever be a aman of a high order of science and able to give to enquirers an account of the character and contents of the several books under his...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mr Rogers for the copy of his 3 d edition of his Biographical Dictionary which he has been so kind as to send him. he sees with pleasure so many worthy names rescued from oblivion, and he hopes that a ready demand for them will continue to call for renewed and enlarged editions. he salutes mr Rogers with esteem & respect. MHi .
Your affectionate mother requests that I would address to you, as a namesake something which might have a favorable influence on the course of life you have to run. few words are necessary. with good depositions on your part. Adore God. reverence and cherish your parents. love your neighbor as yourself; and your country more than life. be just. be true. murmur not at the ways of Providence....
I rec d on the 4 th inst. your favor of Mar. 4. inform g me of my nomination as an honorary member of the Agricultural society of the Valley, I accept with just respect the membership of the society, and am bound with peculiar sensibility to make my acknolmts for the very kind terms in which the nomination is expressed. I am indeed devoted, and ever have been, to the interests of Agriculture,...
It has not been in my power till yesterday to get a printed copy of the new edition of our statutes which was necessarily to accompany our Report to the literary fund. all go with the mail, which carries this I wish it were convenient to print these things in 8 vo that they might be bound together when printed send me a copy if you please and accept my friendly respectful salutns MHi .
I sincerely regret that we happen to see the same subject in lights so very different, with respect to the mill . but the rent of a real property must, you know, be a fixt thing. as it’s original cost cannot be varied, so the interest or rent on that cannot vary with daily and transient occurrences, and especially on a lease for time. it is easy to reduce a rent, but impossible to raise it...
It is long since I have ceased to read any newspaper but yours , and I shall continue to read no other. withdrawing therefore from all others I pray you to have me discontinued as a subscriber to the Compiler. should the legislature have the report of the University Commissioners printed in a pamphlet be so good as to send me half a dozen copies. mr Gibson as usual will pay you for these as...
Yours of the 24 th was recieved yesterday. the clause of arbitration in the lease was a sufficient provision between Shoemaker and my self because we understood every part of it in the same way. so it was with mr Randolph & M c Kinney. but you and myself differ so materially and in so many points that to enter into a contract with opposite meanings & to propose to go thro’ it by arbitrations...
When we began our buildings at our University, we adopted it as a rule that we would be governed in all our prices by those established by long experience & due competn in Phila, and you were so bind as to procure & send me the printed book of Carpenter’s prices, in the other branches of work we have been able in different ways to learn your prices, except those of plaisterer ’s work, of these...
The distress in which I am to meet debts of the most pressing urgency obliges me to remind you of the arrearages due to me on the mill account. according to the account rendered by yourself to the 1 st of last July there was then a balance acknoleged due of 650.09D my acc t made it more. this difference was left to Jefferson to settle with you, and it was agreed between you to arbitrate it as...
On casting my eye over your account I observed that I should have to ask the favor of you to have me furnished with the details of the flour delivered, to wit, a statement of the dates, quantities & persons to whom delivered, without which I cannot settle either with the boat men, or mr Gibson . I imagine you take the boatmen’s receipts by which th ey stand charged to their employer. a...
I have every disposition to do any act of service to you within the limits of propriety. but withdrawn from the world & unauthorisd by office or any other qualifn I do not feel myself entitled to address a lre to the Emperor of Russia, C t Nesselrode or any of the authorities of that country. I am happy however in believing that with the patronage of mr Adams & M r Politika your son is as well...
I am indebted to you for your favor of the 16 th and for information of the two amendments to your constitution therein noticed, and on which you ask my opinion. in a former letter to you I expressed my entire retirement from every thing political, and my unwillingness to commit myself to controversy or offence, even by expressing opinions: and on the same grounds I must request to be excused...
Your favor of the 10 th finds me at an occasional but very distant residence from Monticello , where I have been already a month and shall continue a month longer. the book you are so kind as to mention have having ordered to me, never came to hand. I should not have been unmindful of the duty of acknoleging this mark of attention, as I now do for what was i n tended as well as for the sheets...
I have duly recieved your letter of the 3 d proposing for my acceptance a book, on which you wish me to give an opinion, which you should be at liberty to publish. this I invariably decline. I have neither the talents, the taste, nor the time for the office of a Reviewer of books. such an undertaking, if executed with fidelity to the publick, would require me to read the book with critical...
Your favor of July 16. was rec d in due time and I am thankful for the trouble you propose to undertake to procure for me at the ensuing vintage a barrel of the Scuppernon pure juice without any adultern of brandy or other short . I would wish it to be sent early in November when it will be endangered by neither the heat or cold of the season. I will give that cask a fair trial as well whether...
Your favor of Feb. 10. came to my hands on the 27 th and expecting a consultation with 2 of my colleagues I postponed answering until that should have taken place. your pavilion is finished except plaistering and painting. the former will require all this month, from the variableness of the season. the house joiner asks a fortnight after removal of the rubbish of the plaisterer to hang his...