Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jerman Baker, 25 January 1817

To Jerman Baker

Monticello Jan. 25. 17.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 13th was recieved by our last mail. Francis is now here engaged in learning Spanish. I thought he could not employ the winter better. but he has lost much of it at home. I think in a couple of months he may make such progress as that he will be able afterwards to pursue it by himself. I would then rather have him with mr Wood than any other teacher I know, but would much rather it should have been at Lynchburg [th]an1 Richmond in point of climate. mr Eppes seems also to approve of his going to mr Wood, so that in the spring we shall ask a place for him in his school, and that he and Wayles may join again according to their mutual wishes.

I am sorry to see the report of a committee unfavorable [to] Barziza.2 I was in hopes that making himself a citizen might have capacitated him to recieve the inheritance. I salu[te] you now & always with affectionate friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Appleton to TJ, 27 Sept. 1816; torn at seal, with some text rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “German Baker esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

For the report of a committee of the Virginia House of Delegates against Philip I. Barziza’s petition claiming his grandmother’s estate, see note to Joseph C. Cabell to TJ, 12 Jan. 1817.

1Word faint.

2Manuscript: “Baziza.”

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); and J. W. Baker’s education search
  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); and petition of P. I. Barziza search
  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); letters to search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); education of search
  • Barziza, Philip Ignatius; and L. L. Paradise estate search
  • education; at Monticello search
  • education; Spanish language search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, in Richmond search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Spanish language study search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; schools in search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); schooling at search
  • Paradise, Lucy Ludwell (John Paradise’s wife); estate of search
  • Richmond, Va.; schools in search
  • schools and colleges; in Lynchburg search
  • schools and colleges; in Richmond search
  • Spanish language; TJ on study of search
  • Virginia; House of Delegates search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); Richmond school of search