Thomas Jefferson Papers

Francis Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 14 February 1818

From Francis Eppes

Washington City Feb, 14th 1818

Dear Grand Papa

I have just recieved your letter of the Sixth inst, and I am extremely Sorry to learn, that the central college will not be opened next spring. my Father Justly estimateing the advantages of a Situation in which I could enjoy the benifit of your care and attention had looked forward to this establishment as a place where without1 the inconvenience of future change and loss of time I might prepare myself for Some university at which my education might be finished—It appears however from Your letter that, neither his hopes or your own will be realised, as a considerable period may yet intervene before a single professorship will be in operation—Papa intends as I informed you in my last to remove me from the George Town College after the adjournment of congress—Before that period arrives, we shall know with more certainty prospects of the central College—In the mean time I understand from him, that it is his intention to carry me back to Virginia and place me in some situation where I can remain untill the central college goes into operation—Papa and mama are well and unite with me in wishes for your health and happiness—believe2 me to remain with Sincere affection your Grandson

Francis Eppes

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Feb. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in John Wayles Eppes to TJ, 14 Feb. 1818.

1Manuscript: “withoout.”

2Manuscript: “belive.”

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  • Central College; opening of search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • children; letters from; F. W. Eppes search
  • Congress, U.S.; adjourns 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); and Central College 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