Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 15 January 1818

To Joseph C. Cabell

Monticello Jan. 15. 18.

Dear Sir

The messenger who carried mine of yesterday brought me in return your’s of the 5th. I shall be anxious to hear from you after our report of the 6th shall have been laid before the legislature, & to learn what impression it makes. because that shews how near we are to the accomplishment of a good College, one that cannot but be thought of some value to the state, and the urgency of their enabling us to compleat it. 50,000.D would give us the other two professorships which would compleat it: but unless we can get 25,000 at least to give us a Mathematical professor, we shall begin very inauspiciously. if even this is refused, perhaps the statement in our report developing the public (& not local) character of our institution, may give a spur to subscriptions in counties appearing as yet indifferent to it. the members of the legislature might aid us in that way.   our subscriptions being annual only, & half the money at least being necessary the ensuing summer, we must get you to enquire which of the banks will advance us from 10. to 20,000.D. thro’ the course of the summer & on what terms. this is absolutely necessary to be known, before we venture on contracts.—I wrote my letter of yesterday in such haste that I had not time to read it over before dispatching it for the mail. on reading afterwards the polygraph copy retained, I observed in the antepenultimate line an error of one word for another, to wit, ‘blessings’ of the young instead of ‘thanks’ of the young, which be so good as to correct, and to accept assurances of my friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “Joseph C. Cabell esq. of the Senate of Virginia now at Richmond”; franked; postmarked Milton, 16 Jan.; endorsed by Cabell; notation by Cabell on address leaf: “1. Feb: answered by enclosing my correspondence with Doct: Brokenbrough: and stating my verbal communications with Mr Hatcher & Col: Nicholas.” PoC (ViW: TC-JP); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • banks; in Va. search
  • Brockenbrough, John; and Bank of Virginia search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and establishment of Central College search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; as Va. state senator search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; letters to search
  • Central College; bank loan for search
  • Central College; establishment of search
  • Central College; funding for search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Central College; subscription for search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; report of, to J. P. Preston search
  • Hatcher, Benjamin; and Farmers’ Bank of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Central College Board of Visitors’ report to J. P. Preston search
  • machines; polygraph search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and Second Bank of the United States search
  • polygraph; copies search
  • Preston, James Patton; Central College Board of Visitors’ report to search
  • Richmond, Va.; banks in search
  • Virginia; banks in search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search