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letters recieved last night from mr Cooper render a meeting of the visitors immediately indispensable, or all done yesterday comes to nothing. if you will be so good as to be at Monticello by ten aclock I will endeavor to detain mr Madison till that hour & to get Colo Monroe to meet you there as a halfway house. Accept my friendly & respectful salutations. RC (
A report to the Governor having been agreed on at our last meeting, and it’s materials being chiefly in my possession, I have presumed to make a draught, and now send it for your consideration. if approved as it is, be so good as to sign it; if any material alteration be thought necessary, if such as not to deface the paper be so good as to make it & sign, if it deface the paper I must request...
I am just favored with yours of Ocr. 28. As the intimation to Mr Hilliard will go with more weight from the Executive Committee than from one of its members, I drop a few lines for him to be signed by you also, and duly forwarded. I send it in this form the rather, because of the distinction between the 2 cases of the Periodicals and of the general supply of books; and between both as now...
You know that the legislature has permitted us to borrow another 60,000.D. from the literary fund. to accept this in form would require an immediate meeting of the board that we may engage our workmen before they are taken off by other engagements for the season. but the weather, the season, the roads & the convenience of our brethren rendering a meeting precarious if not desperate mr Cabell &...
Yours of the 5th. has just come to hand, and embarrasses me a little as to the course by which I should best consult the views of the Visitors, in relation to an appointment of Mr. Ritchie at once to the vacant Chair of Nat: Philos:. Mr Johnston as you know is against any appointments in the recess of the Board, and I find by a letter from Mr. Cabell who writes from Washington that he adheres...
Since my return home, I have received the letter from Mr. Gallatin of which a copy is enclosed. Be so good as to forward it to Mr. Cabell, with a request that he send it to Mr. Johnson, who from Richmond will easily give it conveyance to Mr. Loyall. I will make known its contents to Mr. Monroe and Mr. Breckenridge. I have heard nothing from any other quarter on the subject of the vacant Chair....
I inclose a letter just recd. from Monsr. Ferron, teacher of fencing in the University, who wishes to be allowed to extend his lessons to the case of dancing. I have informed him that the Rector as such, had no authority on the subject; and that not having been present at the late Meeting of the Visitors, I knew not whether anything had then passed, from which their sentiments might be...
I have just recd. a letter from Mr Johnson of Octr 29. in which he wishes, if the appointment of Docr. Jones has not been irrevocably made that it may be suspended, til he hears from a friend in New York, whether Mr Renwick, Professor of Nat: Philosophy and highly spoken of at Columbia College, be attainable. This he expects to do in 8 or 10 days, and with some prospect of an affirmative...
I learn from Mr. Trist that he has communicated with Jones on the subject of Books, and that with the sanction of the Executive Committee, the views of the Visitors can be accomplished. I hope if you concur in what Mr Trist aims at, you will not wait for my expressed concurrence in this, more than in other domestic functions of the Executive Committee. With great esteem & regard RC ( ViU );...
Th: Jefferson is very thankful to Gen l Cocke for the sample of Scuppernong wine which he has been so kind as to send him, and which he considers to be as fine, as it is a singular wine. he sends him plants of the Marseilles fig & of his the Paper or Otaheite mulberry, & cuttings of the Lombardy poplar which he brought from France , very different from the common one, being a tree of some shade.
The present express is sent to remove all uncertainty as to the day of our meeting, which, for the reasons mentioned when I had the pleasure of seeing you at Enniscorthy , is to be on Monday next, our county court day, instead of the next day Tuesday. I have a letter from the President Monroe assuring me I may rely on his attendance. I expect mr Madison & his family the day after tomorrow....
Yours of the 12 inst: came duly to hand; and I have just recd. two letters from Mr. Johnston of the 3 & 5, one from Mr. Monroe of the 3d. & one from Mr. Breckenridge of Sept. 30; all of them having made a previous trip to Montpellier in Vermont. Mr. Johnson assents to the immediate appointment of Docr. Jones to the Chair of Nat: Philosophy, but seems willing to learn what Mr. Bonnycastle may...
Th: Jefferson with his compliments to Gen l Cocke regrets much the having missed him both in going & coming from Charlottesville ; he hopes he will do him the favor of coming here this evening, or tomorrow, as business of extreme urgency depends on it. he salutes him with friendship & respect RC ( ViU: TJP-Co ); written on a small scrap; dateline at foot of text; addressed: “ Gen l Cocke .”...
I have recd. from Mr Key the tender of his resignation as authorized by the resolution of the Board of Visitors. He is very desirous at the same time that it may not take effect till the middle of August, which will not only give him the opportunity of being present at the examination of the Students but free him from the expence of waiting for a London Packet from N. York or of going by land...
I recd. yesterday yours of the 6th. and at the same time a letter from Mr. Matthews on the same subject. I have sent back his letter to you, with the sanction to his proposed arrangement in the terms above copied. A military school may be useful, especially if admitted as a substitute for Militia exercises; but for all Physical purposes the Gymnasium is incomparably superior. It would be well...
I have just recd. yours of the 15. I have heard nothing further from Mr Johnson, and his expected intelligence from New York is deprived of its importance by the step taken in favor of Doctr. Jones, who I flatter myself will not disappoint our hopes. The last acts of the Board as extracted by Mr Trist seem to allow to the Ex. Come. no discretion, to reduce the number of Hotels below four. It...
I inclose letters from Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Brockenbrough & Mr. Davis. It appears from the Acct. in that of Mr. L. that there is a balance in the hands of the Barings of more than £300 Sterg. But Mr. Rives tells me it will probably be absorbed in debts for the Philosophical Apparatus. The communication from Mr. B raises the question whether the vacated Hotel shall be filled or suspended. This...
Our meeting on the 2 d consisted of mr Madison, Gen l Breckenridge mr Johnson and myself. I send you a copy of our proceedings by which you will percieve important discretions confided to us. I have already spoken to mr Garrett to prepare a remittance to mr Appleton for the capitels of the Pavilions and will immediately write to mr Appleton so that we may have them in and up by Autumn. With...
The last mail brought me your letter of the 4th. inclosing one from Docr. Jones, with your answer. From the footing on which the question of his appointment now rests, and the uncertainty of an earlier provision for the vacant Chair, it may be best to acquiesce in his terms. And if this be your opinion and that of Mr. Cabell & Mr. Johnson, he can be informed by a final letter from you, that a...
I now inclose you 3. letters from D r Cooper. which was written before he recieved our’s, which crossed his by the way, but as soon as he had recieved our’s, the 3 d three days after when he had made up his mind. I think his offers are reasonable and am for accepting them if you concur. you will observe that he presses for an immediate answer. accept the assurances of my friendship and...
It this moment occurs to me that on presenting, with our annual report, the accounts of the Bursar and Proctor we ought to be able to state that they have been examined, vouched and passed. you were so kind on behalf of the board, as to undertake this task. would it be practicable for you to do this before our meeting? I hope you will do us the favor to to dine at Monticello the day before...
I have just recd. the inclosed papers from the University. They give a sad account of the Hotel Keepers. Not recollecting the exact relation in which these are placed by the last enactment to the several Authorities above them, I can not decide well on what may be required from the Executive Committee. Be so good as to favor me with your ideas on the whole subject. In every view, delays must...
I inclose a letter put into my hands by Professor Lomax, which it may be well to communicate to our Colleagues as opportunities offer. It seems to call for some remedial arrangemt. of the fees. Whether any can be applied, before the meeting of the Visitors you will take into consideration. In a letter to Mr. Trist, which he may have mentioned to you, I suggested what occurred to me on that...
The only entry made on our journal formally is that of Oct. 3. 20. (on the subject of your letter) & is in these words. ‘resolv d that Joseph C. Cabell be, & he is hereby desired and authorised to examine & verify the accounts of the preceeding year not already examine d & verified.’ mr Cabell, at the time expressed some fears he might not be able to attend, and proposed to yourself in to do...
I received last evening yours of the 20th. from Charlottesville. You will not doubt the pleasure your visit would have afforded me; but I could not wish it at the cost of suffering the intenseness of the Cold would have imposed on you. I have just communicated to the Proctor, the decision of the Visitors with respect to Mr. Gray & Mr Chapman. The anomalous footing on which they are to be...
I think its proper to inclose you a copy of my letter to Mr. Gallatin, not merely for your information, but that I may be favored with any additions or alterations that may occur to you. You will perceive the difficulty of accomodating the resort to Mr. Gallatin to the shortness of time, the uncertainty of his success, and the proper reserve for the chance of success here. In alluding to the...
D r Cooper had written a letter to me in which a private subject rendered it incommunicable to the board; but in that letter he mentioned D r Rice’s attack on him, expressed his concern lest a personal opposition to him might not only prove uneasy to himself but make a burthen to his friends: and that if I thought so, he should be willing to resign. I answered him on the opinion that the...
I dined from home yesterday & did not return till night which has occasioned the detention of your servant till this morning. I am sorry you cannot join us, as we have an important question to decide, but still more regret the cause of your absence. mr Madison is now here, and I count with much confidence on mr Cabell and mr Johnson which will make us a quorum. I think too that Gen l...
I inclose a letter from Mr. Egan covering a letter from Mr. Giles to the Visitors, and copy of a letter from Mr. Jefferson to Mr Giles, as testimonial in favor of his application for the Chair of Mr. Long. As it appears to be the wish of Mr Egan that the papers should be made known to the Visitors as soon as may be, it may be well that they be communicated to our Colleagues as opportunities...
It is really scandalous, after so liberal a supply of fish from you to ask a second donation. yet I am forced to it by the stupidity of the servant who in my absence was entrusted with the mission. instead of never stopping till he got home, night overtook him on the road, he encamped, and the water being unchanged thro’ the night, he found the fish all dead on his awakening in the morning. my...