Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Wood, 9 February 1817

To John Wood

Monticello Feb. 9. 17.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 2d is recieved, and you are welcome to the use of my sextant for the rest of your survey.

My grandson Francis Eppes is now here, learning Spanish. we expect he will be so far advanced in a couple of months as to be able to go on by himself. he will then be to go to some school, to carry him on in his Latin & Greek, in the former of which he has still much to learn, in the latter all but the grammar. I had intended to propose to his father that he should go to you, as he ultimately decides where to send him. Lynchburg would have been greatly preferred for healthiness, altho I suppose by his withdrawing from Richmond during the months of August and September, he might escape the effects of the climate. I have little doubt that mr Eppes will approve his going to you. there was no teacher in Lynchburg in the beginning of December, and whether there be one or not, I am confident you may command as many pupils there at all times as you would chuse to undertake. I am not without a hope therefore that the healthiness of the place will again invite you to it. I salute you with esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Horatio G. Spafford to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr John Wood”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • education; at Monticello search
  • education; Latin 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
  • Greek language; study of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Spanish language study search
  • Latin language; study of search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; schools in search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); schooling at search
  • Richmond, Va.; schools in search
  • schools and colleges; in Lynchburg search
  • schools and colleges; in Richmond search
  • scientific instruments; sextants search
  • sextant; for surveying search
  • Spanish language; TJ on study of search
  • surveying; and new map of Va. search
  • Virginia; surveys of search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); and surveying instruments search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); letters to search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); Richmond school of search