Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Leitch to Thomas Jefferson, 25 December 1817

From James Leitch

Charlottesville Decr 25th 1817


Enclosed is a Copy of the Subscription papers which I held—Dabny Minor has returned his to me it being only a Copy of mine with a few Original subscribers which are Included in the Copy now sent I have retained it with the others

Those I have seen that were willing to engage in forming a Company to establish a Stocking-Weaver here on the terms proposed by Mr Lee consider the proposals made by the Swiss so exorbitant that they wish to decline.1 I think in Mr Lee’s Letter to you he said the Board would be only two Dollas P Week & in his other which I now2 Return you he says on a Consultation with his principal Swiss that they think the apprentice Ought to pay his own Board without any Mention of a Tuition Fee. as to the difference in Board I would see it paid rather than we should fail but as to the Fee I fear we cannot raise Funds

yours respectfully

Jas Leitch

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Dec. 1817. Enclosure: William Lee to TJ, 6 July 1817.

The enclosed copy of the subscription papers is not found; for examples, see document 4 in a group of documents on The Founding of the University of Virginia: Central College, 1816–1819, printed above at 5 May 1817. the swiss: Jonas Keller.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

2Manuscript: “know.”

Index Entries

  • Central College; subscription for search
  • Keller, Jonas; and C. Stewart’s apprenticeship search
  • Leitch, James; and Central College search
  • Leitch, James; and weaver search
  • Leitch, James; letters from search
  • Minor, Dabney; and Central College subscription search
  • Stewart, Charles; apprenticeship of search