Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 6 August 1817

To John Wayles Eppes

Monticello Aug. 6. 17.

Dear Sir

I set out for Bedford tomorrow, and shall leave this at Flood’s. you will know therefore by it’s receipt that we are passed on, to wit Ellen, Cornelia and myself. very soon after our arrival at Poplar Forest, perhaps a week, we shall go to the Natl bridge and be a[b]sent 4. or 5. days: and shall hope to see you & Francis soon after as given us to hope in yours of June 28. which was near 3. weeks on the road. the inclosed letter which I write at the request of the Visitors of the Central college will inform you of the state and prospects of our college. you may be assured that we shall have in it by early spring a better professor of languages than you can expect to find for Francis any where else; and that within one year after, which will be soon enough for him, we shall have professors of other sciences, of the first order; for we are determined to employ none of mere mediocrity. our’s shall be second to none on the continent. it will be impossible therefore for Francis to be any where so well disposed of as here. but this is a subject for conversation when we see you at Poplar forest. I wish you could inform mr Baker also of this prospect. but he must become a subscriber: for as we are certain of 2. or 3. times as many offering as we can at first recieve,1 it is understood that the sons of subscribers will be recieved in preference to those of non-subscribers. the hurry of getting ready for my [jo]urney must make this to be considered as an acknolegement of Francis’s letter as well as your own. with my respects to mrs accept for yourself & Francis the assurance of my constant affection

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF); on verso of a reused address cover from Joseph Milligan to TJ; two words faint; at foot of text: “Mr Eppes”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ’s Circular to Prospective Donors to Central College, 4 Aug. 1817, and enclosure.

Eppes’s letter of june 28., not found, is recorded in SJL as received 15 July 1817 from Mill Brook. A missing letter to TJ from Francis Eppes, partially dated July 1817 and received 2 Aug. 1817 from Mill Brook, is also recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “recieved.”

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); and Central College subscription search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Central College; subscription for search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Natural Bridge search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); and Poplar Forest search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, TJ on search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); letters from accounted for search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and Central College subscription search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters from accounted for search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters to search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); visits Poplar Forest search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Flood’s ordinary (Buckingham Co.; proprietor Henry Flood) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Natural Bridge search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; TJ visits search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; TJ’s grandchildren visit search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); visitors to search
  • Randolph, Cornelia Jefferson (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Natural Bridge search
  • subscriptions, non-publication; for Central College search