Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 30 September 1817

From Thomas Cooper

Sepr 30. 1817

Dear sir

I regret that it is not in my power to visit you this Season. I am not only busy preparing for my lectures (a course of mineralogy and another of Chemistry) but I have undertaken to correct the press for Mr Wirt’s life of Patr. Henry of which about 100 pages are printed.

Mr Sanders of Williamsburgh called on a friend of mine here, wishing to see me on the Subject of the College1 there, but I informed him of the circumstances, and declined any connection with that Institution.

Let me know wher I shall advertise for a classical tutor; and whether a capability of teaching the french is a sine qua non. Pray accept my kind respects.

Thomas Cooper

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 9 Oct. 1817. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Alexander Garrett, 29 Dec. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 30 Sept.

sanders: Robert Saunders.

1Manuscript: “Collge.”

Index Entries

  • Central College; professors for search
  • chemistry; collegiate education in search
  • classics; collegiate education in search
  • Cooper, Thomas; academic career of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and Central College search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and mineralogy search
  • Cooper, Thomas; invited to visit Monticello search
  • Cooper, Thomas; letters from search
  • education; classical search
  • education; French language search
  • French language; collegiate education in search
  • Henry, Patrick (1736–99); W. Wirt’s book on search
  • mineralogy; and T. Cooper search
  • mineralogy; collegiate education in search
  • Saunders, Robert; and College of William and Mary search
  • Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry (W. Wirt); and T. Cooper search
  • William and Mary, College of; faculty of search
  • Wirt, William; Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry search