Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 10 April 1818

To Thomas Cooper

Monticello Apr. 10. 1[8].

Dear Sir

Our legislature has appropriated 15,000 D. a year for an University, & taken measures for fixing it’s site, which I am confident will result in adopting that of the Central College. our Visitors meet here on the 11th of May, and I therefore press Mr Correa to make his visit a few days before that, because in yours of Feb. 20. you were kind enough to promise to join him in his visit, and I am sure that you and he, being here some days before meeting,1 will be able to suggest to me something w[o]rthy2 of the consideration of the Visitors. by that time too I suppose it will be known whether events will issue in our loss and your gain; an issue which will call for the exercise of all our Christian disinterestedness. I set out for Poplar Forest [tomo]rrow to be back the first week in May. and in the hope [of then?] recieving you here I salute you with affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Nathaniel Burwell to TJ, 17 Feb. 1818; dateline faint; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “<Judge> Doctr Cooper”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 10 Apr. 1818.

1Thus in manuscript, with “the meeting” or “our meeting” probably intended.

2Word faint.

Index Entries

  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; and proposed professorships search
  • Central College Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and Central College search
  • Cooper, Thomas; invited to visit Monticello search
  • Cooper, Thomas; letters to search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and Central College search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; visits Monticello search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); invitations to visit search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Corrêa da Serra, José search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; site of search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search