Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Francis W. Gilmer, 10 April 1818

To Francis W. Gilmer

Monticello Apr. 10. 18.

Dear Sir

I thank you for the letter of mr Ticknor which I have thought myself justified in communicating to his friends here on account of the pleasure it would give them, and that, I am sure, will give you pleasure. I trust you did not a moment seriously think of putting yourself behind the door of W. & M. College. a more compleat Cul de sac could not1 be proposed to you. no, dear Sir, you are intended to do good to our country, and you must get into the legislature; for never did it more need the aid of all it’s talents, nor more peculiarly need them than at the next session. for altho’ the prospect of our university is so far good, yet all is to go again to the legislature, & who can tell who they will be, and what they will do. the Visitors of our college meet on the 11th of May; Correa & Cooper will then probably be here. make you the 3d & be assured of the pleasure it will give to them & to

Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); adjacent to closing and signature: “Francis W. Gilmer esq.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph C. Cabell to TJ, 20 Feb. 1818; mutilated at seal; endorsed by TJ.

1Word added in left margin.

Index Entries

  • Central College Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; invited to visit Monticello search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; friendship with F. W. Gilmer search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; U.S. travels of search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; and College of William and Mary search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; forwards letter to TJ search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; friendship with J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; invited to visit Monticello search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; William and Mary, College of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); invitations to visit search
  • Terrell, Dabney Carr (TJ’s sister Martha Jefferson Carr’s grandson); and G. Ticknor search
  • Ticknor, George; and D. C. Terrell search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • William and Mary, College of; president of search
  • William and Mary, College of; TJ on search