Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 13 March 1818

To John Wayles Eppes

Monticello Mar. 13. 18.

Dear Sir

Your’s & Francis’s of Feb. 14. were recieved in due time. you have seen by the newspapers what our legislature has done on the subject of an University. the centrality & salubrity of Charlottesville excite strong expectations that the site of the Central College will be adopted for that. but this cannot be known until the next session of the legislature. in the mean while we shall go on with our college on our own bottom. whether our grammar school can be opened July 1. or not till winter is to depend on Dr Cooper, and will not be known for a month or two to come. for the present I know no grammar school preferable to that of N. London now under mr Dasheel, a most respectable man. if you know none better and are disposed to let Francis be there until our college opens, I will take care to get him admission, and get him also into a good boarding house convenient. I shall set out for that place the 2d week of April, and return the 1st of May. Francis can either come to Monticello & go in the carriage with me, or join me at P. Forest soon after I get there. the former would be most pleasing to me, but your convenience must decide. Patsy presented me with a 6th grandson three days ago. both are doing well. Your’s with sincere affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); at foot of text: “J. W. Eppes esq.” PoC (CSmH: JF); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

on our own bottom: “independently” (Brewer, Phrase and Fable description begins E. Cobham Brewer, Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898 description ends , 166).

mr dasheel: Alfred H. Dashiell. On 10 Mar. 1818 Martha Jefferson Randolph (patsy) gave birth to George Wythe Randolph, her last child and TJ’s sixth grandson.

Index Entries

  • carriages; mentioned search
  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • Central College; opening of search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; description of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and Central College search
  • Dashiell, Alfred Henry; and New London Academy search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); and Central College search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, at New London Academy search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); TJ’s relationship with search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and Central College search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters to search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • New London, Va.; academy at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Randolph, George Wythe (TJ’s grandson); birth of search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); bears sons search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); health of search
  • schools and colleges; New London Academy search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search