Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Matthew Brown, 15 January 1818

To Matthew Brown

Monticello Jan. 15. 18.


The Visitors of the Central College living at a distance apart in the counties round about, and one of them being on the assembly at Richmond, it was not till yesterday I could get a letter from him. this enables me to close the contract of brickwork for that college with you on the terms of your letter of Dec. 20. and altho you do not in that bind yourself to finish half the work by the 1st of July as I had proposed, yet it’s importance to us that it should be done obliges me to press it on you with great urgency, as we are to open our school on that day. I hope also that you will engage Knight for the front-work. be so good as to drop me a line immedi[a]tely acknoleging the reciept of this, that I may be sure it is recieved. I salute you with my best wishes & respe[ct]

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CLjC, 2002; photocopy in ViU: ECUVa); on verso of reused address cover of Anthony Charles Cazenove to TJ, 25 Oct. 1817; mutilated at seal, with two words rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Matthew Brown”; endorsed by TJ.

Only the address cover of Brown’s reply to TJ of 26 Jan. 1818, recorded in SJL as received 6 Feb. 1818 from Lynchburg, has been found (RC in ViU: TJP; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jefferson Monticellar Albemarle”; franked; postmarked [faint] Lynchburg, 2[6?] Jan.; with PoC of TJ to John Armstrong, 20 Mar. 1818, on verso). It may have been enclosed in TJ to William Radford and Joel Yancey, 31 Dec. 1818.

The Central College visitor holding a seat in the Virginia General assembly was Joseph C. Cabell.

Index Entries

  • Brown, Matthew; and brickwork for Central College search
  • Brown, Matthew; letter from accounted for search
  • Brown, Matthew; letters to search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; as Va. state senator search
  • Central College; brickmasons for search
  • Central College; opening of search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; and construction of Central College search
  • Knight, David; and brickwork for Central College search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search