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As M r Lancaster my Son-in-Law & Administrator of M r Derieux decease’d. Is desirous to see all papers any way’s connected with those he left? Will you be so kind as to lend me for a few Day’s M r Mazzei Will? I’l copy it & return it safe. That Favour will greatly Oblige Sir Please to Derect to me to the Care of Mes s Lancaster & Denby Merchents Richmond MHi .
Sous les auspices de M M. Constant, Sanderson & Vallue, chefs d’institution de cette ville, je prends la liberté de recourir à votre obligeance dont chacun ici fait l’éloge. Arrivé de France depuis un mois dans l’intention de professer les langues française latine & italienne, je suis porteur de lettres de recommandation, pour des personnes qui ont quitté Philadelphie depuis 3 ou 4 mois. Seul,...
Knowing that all of your pavilions at the university have tin coverings, I write to learn whether they have ever leaked, and if so what method of prevention has been used. our roof here was perfectly close until about mid winter. it then began to leak not in one but a hundred places: and from that time I have endeavoured to discover the cause without effect. For some time I thought that the...
Enclosed is the bond for the duties on the marble capitals, which has been paid. I regret the Com, relinquishing the duties, had not passed sooner, as it would have saved you much trouble. ViU : Thomas Jefferson Papers (Proctor’s Papers).
I have been earnestly engaged in disposing of my concerns in Fredericksburg—that I might comply with the promise I made you to be at the University by the first of July—The term of the Chancery Court, in which I was constantly employed, was protracted a fortnight longer than usual—which deprived me of so much of the time that I had laid off for the settlement of my private concerns—The wagoner...
I here with send you the Bill of James Oldham against the Rector & myself and my answer to it for your perusal and to answer such parts as you may think proper on the part of the Rector it is necessary for my answer to be filed in the Chancery court by the 10 th day of the court (25 th of the present month) therefore you will see the necessity of returning it as soon as possible CSmH .
I do myself the satisfaction of sending a copy of my book—I think I should hardly have ventured to put it forth had not your opinion on the matter of a letter addressed to Col. Randolph, induced me, instead of continuing to write him, as I had proposed to do, to put it into the form of a book I cannot anticipate whether it is well or ill done, or whether it is dull or interesting. I think that...
I recieved your letter on the subject of the Wine per Ship Mandarin. and upon inquiry at the Custom House, find that the Wine has been carefully put away for you in the Public Store. The Collector tells me, he forwarded the letters which accompanied the Wine, to you with an indorsement shewing by what vessel it came. I suppose that these letters have miscarried. or perhaps you did not observe...
I am upon the eve of my departure for Europe in prosecution of my professional Studies as an artist, and Shall Visit Italy, France and England—Neither my acquaintance with you nor any distinction I have acquired entitles me to the Smallest claim on your Kindness, but as a Virginian it would be peculiarly flattering to carry Some memorial that I was not entirely unknown to you—A letter to any...
I should be glad to know, what I am to make Students coming at this time pay for Dormitory and University rent—whether a dedication is to be made or whether they are to pay rent as for the whole session—Some Law Students will be coming in soon and I wish to be informed on the subject before they get here, your Opinion as soon as possible is requested CSmH .
For your kind and consolatory Letter of the 6 th Inst. The style and spirit of its indiction, would have betrayed its author to men less acquainted with the sage of Monticello, the Author of the Declaration of American Independence, the friend of Washington, the Friend of Science and of Liberty.—None but he, who, has experienced the smiles and vicisitudes of Life, could duly appreciate your...
I have seen Mr Willard, and given him your order for a clock and bell: in consequence of my conversation with him on the subject, some time since, he procured castings of the principal wheels, and made other preparations, at his own risk, which involved him in some expense and make an advance desireable; at present all he asks is 100 dls, and the work done amply warrants the payment of such a...
It was my intention to have called on you this evening, and to have presented in person M r Goodwyn, who will have the pleasure to deliver to you this letter, but have been prevented by the rain. He is a son, of M r P. Goodwyn, a member of Congress, I believe, during your service, in the gov t , as well as mine. Having purchased a part of my land here, he will become your neighbour, and I am...
Will you be so good as to inform me what arrangements have been made with respect to furnishing the students with Arms—If they could be procured and lent to the students who attend my school within a week or two I should be pleased, as it is assential in order to enable me to discharge my duty; that they have them soon. I should consider it a great favour done me if exertions were made to...
As chairman of a committee appointed by the citizens of Washington to make arrangements for celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of American Independence in a manner worthy of the Metropolis of the nation, I am directed to invite you, as one of the signers of the ever-memorable Declaration of the 4 th of July 1776, to honor the City with your presence on the occasion. I am further instructed...
Not being able to find such a Cask of Sicily Madiera Wine as I liked, concluded to send but ten gallons at present, & wait until a better parcel was rec d , before I send a larger quantity—if you will let me know when this is out, will send you some better which is expected. I expect to go up in the stage with this, on my way to Lexington for a week, & shall regret if I am unable to call on...
Y r fav r of the 31 st Ult. address d to our M r H. was rec d in due Course M r Hilliard left for V a last week & will proby be at Charlottsville about the 20 th inst; we shipped, Cases [GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] 5.6/ German [GRAPHIC IN MANUSCRIPT] 8. 9. 10/ English
being very disirous of obtaining some Information relative to the University of Virginia I have taken the Liberty to address you on the subject. I was at a loss to know to whom I should apply until it was suggested that a Communication to you would meet with attention. Please inform me what will be the annual charges for Board and Tuition and at what time in the year the course of studies...
I take the liberty to forward to you a copy of a communication to the American Academy on the subject of Longevity &c., and shall be happy if it affords you any gratification. You will see, Sir, that it has been an object in making the communication to excite some attention to the mode of taking the Census of the United States. Should the remarks on this subject, meet your approbation, perhaps...
I regret that it is not in my power to give you the information which you desire. I perceive the Recorder’s name (R. Riker) and presume that the rest are Members of the Corporation and perhaps Aldermen as these have long been celebrated committee-men upon festive occasions. —Perhaps, Sir, your wish is to have the names merely deciphered without any regard to rank &c. They appear to me to be...
I forwarded to shadwell mills, a day or two since, a keg of Tongues & sounds, & a package of dumb Fish, for you, just rec d from M r Coolidge of Boston, which I hope will reach you safely— MHi .
I have the honor to transmit to you the enclosed Communication from a Committee of the Corporation of this City— MHi .
The ensuing Fourth of July being the Semi-centenial Anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence the Corporation of this City have resolved to celebrate it with encreased demonstrations of respect, and we are appointed a Committee to make the necessary Arrangments— While the coming day fills our minds with emotions of pride and gratitude, we are naturally led to contemplate those...
Your letter with its enclosures reached Newfolk some days ago, while I was absent; or it would have been sooner answered. I shall not be able to give much information to M r. Miller, on the subject of his enquiries; but what I can give I will; and forward my letter to him, enclosed in yours. I take, as you may imagine, a very deep interest in the success of the University, not only as a...
Feeling apprehensive that you may be putting yourself to inconvenience by an immediate visit upon the subject contained in your last note to me, I have taken the liberty of replying at once, still, however, hoping to see you not only upon this occasion, but upon all others when you may visit the University. I have been also induced to explain thus early, from a very unpleasant suspicion that...
The freedom of this address to you if it needs any apology, will find it in the extent and depth of the Interest which its Subject matter involves—with respect to the distracted State of political offers in which the people of this State are involved at this time, The heate of enthusiasms the diversity of opinions, the ambitions and prejudice thereby created are of unparalleled Magnitude which...
I have read with great satisfaction your letter of the 15 th and most heartily thank you for the cordiality of its spirit, the value of its details; for the liberal estimate you place upon my motives, and the fairness of your expressions, respecting my father. In attempting to do justice to you, and ascertain and communicate in his name, the truth, I am sure, if such things can reach here now,...
Having found it impossible to carry into effect the arrangements which you were good enough to make. I must request you to place the responsibility which results from having charge of the Instruments, upon some other person. The great difficulty of obtaining the necessary apparatus for my department, & the costly nature of many of the articles, have made me very solicitous to get proper plans...
The Students here, continued in open rebellion till this morning at 10 Clock, when after a very stormy meeting, the majority agreed, that they should all return to their duty. we had given notice, that to day we would suspend untill november next, every Student in College who refused. They have agreed to our calling up any witness whatever in case of an accusation against a student, and put...
Albemarle County May 22 nd. 1826. Rec d of Th s Jefferson Esqe his Draft on Co l. B. Peyton of Richmond at Sight for One Hundred Dollars ($100) Above you will find a Rec t for One Hundred Dollars. I have given your Grandson Twelve Dollars five ½ cents in change out of the Draft. Credited You with the Amt of Draft & charged the money sent. it will at all times afford me great pleasure (when in...
W m Harris Jones presents his most respectful Compliments to M r Jefferson, & begs the favour, (if Mr J’s health will permit), of his viewing the fine paintings by Van Derlyn, which W. H. J. has brought up to Charlottesville As they have stood the test of criticism in Paris—as well as in most parts of the Union W. H. J. is sure M r J would be much gratified by the inspection—M r Van Derlyn...
When I requested the catalogues from you, I was not the least aware, that the Boxes, in the University, could be considered the property of M r Hilliard, but such being the case it would, of course, be the height of imprudence to meddle with them. I regret this the more inasmuch as those who attended my lectures last year will find that we possess no additional advantages this—& the two first...
In consequence of the drouth our well have most all given out and our pipes are so much decayed that we can’t get a supply from the Mountain without going to a considerable expence in renewing them and consequently we are put to considerable inconveniance for the want of a sufficiency of water—The well have also declined in Charlottesville——The people of Charlottesville have proposed that we...
As the poet says, “there are strings in the human heart, which once touched will some times utter dreadful discord.” Per the public vehicles of information the expresident has perceived the very illiberal manner in which my character & feelings have been treated; and that of those of his honor have been unintentionably wounded, mine have b een publickly assaulted, & lacerated?—why?—Because...
When I had the pleasure of seeing you yesterday, it escaped my memory to beg of you an inspection of the Bill of Parcels of the unopened Boxes of Books now in the University. I will therefore feel obliged by your sending them to me by the Bearer to the end that I may take out some works essentially necessary for me in the present department of my course—leaving the remainder in their places so...
Yours of the 17th: is now before me. Your Tobacco from Bedford I have never yet heard from; I have rec d from Albemarle, since last fall, 430 Blls Flour on your a/c, and finding no prospect whatever of selling it here, to advantage, ship d it long since to the Eastward, where I hope it will yield you a better return than could possibly be anticipated here, if indeed a sale of it could have...
I congratulate you, on the proper feeling for your long life of meritorious service that seems to pervade every part of our country, and I anticipate from it, in every way, a result such as your friends would wish, and ought to expect. May the attachment of your fellow citizens render the close of your useful life, equally comfortable and honourable. I should not trouble you now with a letter,...
I received a letter some time past from M r Madison advising me of the arrival of a box of seeds, sent from France, addressed to him as President of the A. A. Society; and which he turned over to me—I immediately wrote to the French Consul of France requesting him to consign it to M r Allen of Fredericksburg or Moncure Robinson & Pleasants of Richmond—since which I have heard nothing of it—I...
Your favor of the 5 th inst t has again highly obliged me by the kind interest you always take in what concerns me and Your subscription to my trigonometry if I can bring it to light in which the book sellers here are not very liberal in lending a hand, so that perhaps I may have to send it to a friend in London for publication. Upon Your account of the Professors of Virginia University and...
M r Madison has transmitted to me the enclosed letters respecting a box of seeds sent from the Museum at Paris—Altho’ I do not think that I have any thing to do with it. I have nevertheless complied with his suggestions in requesting Mess rs Mackay and Campbell to forward it for the use of the University of Virginia, to which I understand is attached a Botanical Garden: and I have taken the...
I have just received your letter of yesterday. I need not assure you that it will give me very great pleasure to promote your wishes. Immediately after we visited the ground I wrote a note to the Proctor requesting Laborers and carts. I have not yet, even received an answer from him, which is much to be regretted as the season is far advanced & there will be necessity to change the surface of...
I have now the satisfaction to inform you that the Bill, for remitting the duties demanded of the university, has passed the Senate, & has probably, by this time, received it’s consummation as a law by the signature of the President. The committee of the Senate, to which the Bill was referred, reported it with an amendment, the object of which was to provide for another case supposed by the...
Your kind favor of 8 th ult o reached me in Raleigh, and I write to thank you for the willingness you express to promote my project of a history of the Revolution. As my tour has already been much longer in duration than I expected, and as pressing duties at home demand my speedy return, I am compelled for the present to deny myself the pleasure of the visit to Monticello, which I...
It was with great pleasure that I rec d your favor of the 6 th inst. because it furnished evidence of your health—for my prayer is joined to that of grateful millions that you may live long & happily. But I will not trouble you with the reading of a long letter, however much I am disposed to write one. I thank you for your kind recollection of me & the little matter that was between us, the...
An accident prevented the receipt of your letter of the 25 th of November last, for so long a period after its date, that I then thought it better to postpone writing to you in reply, until I could communicate some intelligence in relation to the subject to which it refer’d—The delay of the House of Representatives to pass the bill which M r Rives had introduced into that body, until a few...
I have observed a Lottery advertised to be Drawn sometime hence from a Train of Ill Luck or something Else—I am Reduced to Straitend Circumstances perhaps I might have some good fortune after a Long train of Bad—will you be pleased to send as a present 2 or 3 tickets as an old friend and acquaintance which will be Esteemed a particular favour Indeed and more Ensured from my Heart if you comply...
Since my last letter it has occurred to me that it should have contained an idea which I did not express. It is this—that under the circumstances in which the Governours of States, and the Continental Officers were placed, it is reasonable to suppose that however correct the conduct of the former may have been, the opinions of the latter would be unfavourable to them. Indeed, the more...
on the inst. we shipped to the care of Col. Peyton 3 cases Books from England, 1 from France, & 2 from Germany; & yesterday one other case from Germany. These, with what are now on their way from Europe, and the addition of some American works, which have not, as yet been found, will make about the full amount of our commission. We have received by the last arrivals advice of such works as...
I return the correspondence inclosed in yours of the 3d. inst. The reluctance of Mr. Emmett, & probably of his colleagues, to the enlargement of their duties, is neither to be wondered at, nor yielded to. You have put the matter on a ground to which I can suggest no improvement. It may be well perhaps that what has passed, should not be generally known. With some it might produce reflections...
I return the correspondence enclosed in yours of the 3 d inst. The reluctance of M r Emmett, & probably of his colleagues, to the enlargement of their duties, is neither to be wondered at nor yielded to. You have put the matter on a ground to which I can suggest no improvement. It may be well perhaps that what has passed should not be generally known. With some it might produce reflections on...