Thomas Jefferson Papers

Francis Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 28 December 1817

From Francis Eppes

Washington Dec 28 1817

Dear Grandpapa,

I am now though not permanently fixed at school I expect to quit this place the ensueing Spring and if the central college is not ready my Father intends to place me in some school in Virginia untill it goes into operation. their are a great many objections to this Georgetown College. in the first place they are bigoted Catholics extremely rigid and they require the boys to observe all the regulations of their church which makes a great intiruption in the course of our studies. we rise at Six oClock and go into the chapell to mass we study about two hours and three quarters in the whole of the day the rest of the time being taken up with reciteing lessons and church, an hour and a half excepted for recreation but it would be tedious and unnecessary to inumerate all the particulars Suffice it is to Say that they are very strict and punish for the most trivial offence—Pappa and Mama unite with me in presenting love to yourself and family. I believe they are very tired of a city life and indeed I think that there is a vast diference between the uproar and bustle of this place and our peaceful home in virginia, I feel the effects of confinement very much, Shut up within the walls of the college scarcely ever permitted to go out except when I am sent for by my Father—Greatly diferent from my past life and it is what I dislike very much. there1 is a gentleman here a Spaniard whom my Father intends to employ to carry on my Spanish but their is a great dificulty in procuring books—

believe me to remain with great respect your affectionate Grandson

Francis Eppes

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Jan. 1818. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Archibald Thweatt, 19 Feb. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Albermarle Virginia”; franked; postmarked Washington, 30 Dec.

1Reworked from “their” to “theere.”

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  • books; in Spanish search
  • Catholicism; and collegiate education search
  • Central College; mentioned search
  • children; letters from; F. W. Eppes search
  • education, collegiate; Catholic search
  • education; religious search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); and Central College search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, in and around Washington, D.C. search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); letters from search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); relationship with father search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); sends greetings search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); sends greetings search
  • Georgetown College (later Georgetown University) search
  • schools and colleges; Georgetown College (later Georgetown University) search
  • Spanish language; study of search