Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 20 November 1817

From Thomas Cooper

nov. 20. 1817 Philadelphia

Dear Sir

I suspect my letters have been strangely delayed. I wrote at least three weeks ago about Mr Slack of Lynchburgh. I wrote about ten days ago, saying that the Visitors at Williamsburgh wished me to go there either next spring; or next fall, at my Option: this I heard from Mr Brown of that place, in a letter stating it: he requests an early reply,

I shall leave this place; for a proposition among the Trustees here, to permit the Students to attend either Dr Coxe or myself Was negatived last Tuesday, by the influence of Dr Coxe’s friends.

I do not want to go to Williamsburgh. But my philosophical expences nearly equal my philosophical receipts, and I maintain my family on my own funds. I cannot afford this. Is it possible to find me the means of earning a tolerable maintenance at your College from April next to April twelvemonth? If so, I will go there. The Williamsburgh situation is worth, as I am given officially to understand, 3000 Dlrs. If I can earn half the Sum at your place this next year, I will go. But the reply must be immediate, or Mr Hare will be appointed at Williamsburgh.1 I cannot write more, for I have an inflammation in my arm. Believe me always with great respect

Dear Sir Yr friend.

Thomas Cooper

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 23 Dec. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Richard Bache, 17 Jan. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia 20 nov. 1817”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 20 Nov.

mr slack: Gerard E. Stack.

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Browne, William; and College of William and Mary search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Cooper, Thomas; academic career of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and Central College search
  • Cooper, Thomas; health of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; letters from search
  • Coxe, John Redman; as university professor search
  • Hare, Robert; as university professor search
  • health; inflammation search
  • Pennsylvania, University of search
  • schools and colleges; University of Pennsylvania search
  • Stack, Gerard E.; as classical tutor search
  • William and Mary, College of; faculty of search