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By a letter from mr Madison I now learn that Thouin has been dead some time, that his successor sends the box annually to him as President of the agricultural society of Albemarle, that such a box is now arrived at N. York, of which he has notified Secretary Barbour his successor. to him I have written requesting it’s consignment to us, and the sooner the better as the season is fast...
By virtue of the authority vested by law in the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, they do, by this letter appoint you the said John Patten Emmet to be Professor of the school of Natural History in the said University, with all the authorities, privileges and emoluments to the said Professorship belonging. Witness Thomas Jefferson, Rector of the said University under his hand...
I have duly rec d and considered your letter proposing to erect a distinct building for the Chemical Laboratory & lecturing room, and with it the plan you have been so kind as to suggest. this appears indeed to contain all the articles called for in such a building, and arranged with great convenience. the proposition however is beyond the powers delegated to me, and there will be no meeting...
On mention being made to me. of the contribution of 5. D required from the Students of Chemistry it occurred at once that this must be for an article for which the Visitors had made other provision, of which you had had no information, it happened that no circumstance had occur d to produce the mention of it to you. I now send you extracts from the journals by which you will learn that they...
Your favor of Dec. 26. has been duly recieved, and I enter with anxiety into all your views and wishes as to mr Wall. I regret much, not indeed that he is so well off, but the uncertainty whether we could ensure him better. I verily believe that he might do better here, not in the first moment, or month, but after a moderate time—you seem to think a small salary, could we give it, might turn...
The board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, at their meeting of the 4 th instant, proceeding to the appointment of a Professor for the school of Natural history in that institution, unanimously nominated you to that chair. under the generic term of Natural history, they comprehend Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Chemistry and Geology; that of Chemistry however being considered as the...
It is time to think of the introduction of the school of Botany into our Institution. not that I suppose the lectures can be begun in the present year, but that we may this year make the preparations necessary for commencing them the next. for that branch, I presume, can be taught advantageously only during the short season while Nature is in general bloom, say, during a certain portion of the...
The difficulties suggested in your favor of the 28 th ult. are those which must occur at the commencement of every undertaking. a full view of the subject however will, I think, solve them. In every meditated enterprize, the means we can employ are to be estimated, and to these must be proportioned our expectations of effect. if, for example, to the cultivation of a given field we can devote...