Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Alexander Garrett, 23 June 1817

To Alexander Garrett

Monticello June 23. 17.

Dear Sir

I thought it so important to close with mr Perry & especially to get a clause for the conveyance of the land put into writing that I undertook to sign the inclosed paper in your name. we have agreed that 2. copies of this shall be made, the one for him the other for you, leaving out the clause for conveying the land, and that the deed for the land shall be signed at the same time with the 2. copies of the articles. these you will of course sign for yourself, when the one I inclose may be destroyed.

I inclose you also a letter from mr Lee, from which you will see on what ground stands our chance for a stocking weaver. be so good as to shew it to mr Leitch & any others of the gentlemen who take an interest in promoting the town. the question is whether a good young man of 18. or 20. can be found who will go and learn the art.   We have now the Carnation cherries in perfection if you think them worth sending for, for our little messenger & his mule are constantly on the go somewhere or other. perhaps mr Leitch also would think the cherries worth sending for, & if so, they are at his service. I salute you with friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViW: Small Collections, Jefferson Papers); addressed: “Mr Garrett”; endorsed by Garrett. Enclosure: William Lee to TJ, 16 June 1817.

The inclosed paper, not found, was apparently a preliminary version of the Agreement between John M. Perry and Central College of this date.

In Charlottesville on this date Garrett wrote to John H. Cocke that “Knowing your anxiety to learn the state of the controversey with Perry about the title to the land purchased of him for the use of the Central collage, I hasten to communicate to you that all difficulties have been removed by an agreement between Messrs Jefferson & Perry by which Mr Perry is to build one Pavilion, and the deed from Perry for the land was this day signed and acknowledged and is now of record. the friends to the Collage may now therefore proceed with their subscriptions being enabled to say with certainty where the collage is to be erected” (ViU: JHC).

Index Entries

  • Carnation cherry search
  • Central College; builders for search
  • Central College; land purchased for search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; weavers needed in search
  • cherries; Carnation search
  • clothing; manufacture of search
  • food; cherries search
  • Garrett, Alexander; and weaver for Charlottesville search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as Central College proctor search
  • Garrett, Alexander; letters to search
  • Lee, William (1772–1840); weaving enterprise of search
  • Leitch, James; and weaver search
  • manufacturing; of clothing search
  • Perry, John M.; as builder for Central College search
  • Perry, John M.; sells land to Central College search