Thomas Jefferson Papers

John H. Cocke to Thomas Jefferson, 20 July 1817

From John H. Cocke

Bremo July 20. 1817

Dear Sir

I have received yours of the 19.—accompanied by a letter from Mr Garrett with a list of the subscribers to the College. I rejoice with you at the liberality of the subscriptions.

I will be at Monticello on Thursday next early enough to visit the site of the College on that day, and will accompany you the day following to Mr Madisons if necessary.—

I shall avail myself of an opportunity, which offers itself by Judge Tucker tomorrow, to request the attendance of Mr Cabell

Yours with highest respect & Esteem

J. H. Cocke

RC (CSmH: JF); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received <23> 22 July 1817 and recorded in SJL as received the earlier date.

The letter from Alexander garrett to Cocke, Charlottesville, 19 July 1817, enclosed a copy of the Central College Subscription List (printed above at 5 May 1817) as it then stood, indicated that pledges had so exceeded expectations that he believed TJ’s plans had changed, reported that TJ intended to write Cocke soon and hoped to convene a meeting of the Board of Visitors at Montpellier, and informed Cocke that “Mr Jefferson was yesterday ingaged in assertaining the level of the College Hill & laying off the direction of the range of buildings now intended to be put up. and as the first buildings will give the direction to the entire buildings, it must be of the very first importance to commence <right,> it properly—I sincerely wish you could see the ground before we commence leveling, there may exist some objection to it, or some <better> improvement might be suggested by you to Mr Jefferson” (ViU: JHC).

Index Entries

  • Central College, Board of Visitors; and subscription search
  • Central College; siting of search
  • Central College; subscription for search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell; letters from search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell; visits Monticello search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as Central College proctor search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Montpellier (Madison family estate) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Central College Subscription List search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Cocke, John H. search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); visitors to search
  • subscriptions, non-publication; for Central College search
  • Tucker, St. George; delivers message search