Thomas Jefferson Papers

Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Thomas Jefferson, 17 June 1817

From Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Washington June 17th 1817

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 12th currt (P.M.1 14th June) I have just now received, and am, more than I can express, flattered and gratified by the request it contains.—And not only is it pleasing to me, to find that after so many Years knowledge of my character & talents, while employed in the public service under your eye & direction, I still retain your esteem and friendship, but I have derived important professional improvement from the entirely novel plan of an Academy suggested by you. At this moment I have only time to thank you for all your letter contains; but by the 1st of July, I will transmit to You all that my professional knowledge enables me to suggest & design towards the execution of Your plan, of which I shall ask leave to retain a Copy. I have long considered the common plan of a College as most radically defective.—In your design the principal evils of the usual barrack arrangement appear to be avoided. But I have only had time to read your letter, and now can only assure You of that respect & attachment with which I always have been & am


B H Latrobe

RC (DLC); at head of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 June 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

1Abbreviation for “postmarked.”

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