Thomas Jefferson Papers

Archibald Stuart to Thomas Jefferson, 30 May 1818

From Archibald Stuart

Staunton 30th May—18

Dear Sir

I have to acknowledge with many thanks The rect of a fine looking Merino Ram by your servant and I am really ashamed of myself for not having saved you the Trouble of sending him—He will be a Valuable acquisition to me & my neighbours—

The peas you were so good as to send us are a great rarity, we shall have none of our own for a fortnight to come—

The Legislature I presume in directing The Comrs to Meet at Rockfish Gap were desirous of avoiding any expression of their Opinion as to the Scite of the University but after the Comrs have met there can be as little objection to their adjourning even to one of the places in Competition (should their convenience require it) as finally to select it for the Scite of the U—   I hope the proprietor of the house at the gap will not put himself to much expense on our Account as I feel confident That all he can do will not answer the purpose & that we shall be compelled to adjourn elsewhere—

Gent Opposed to Staunton as the Scite of ye U. ought not to object to an adjournment to that place particularly as the want of pure water there may add great weight to the Considerations in favor of its rival places—I am therefore for adjourning to Staunton on the evening of our meeting; & I believe it is the Genl expectation that you & Mr Madison will be prepared to submit such a report to our body as we ought to adopt—

I send you a Specimen of ye Cheese we made last summer—

adieu I am yours most sincerely

Archd Stuart

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 31 May 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Honoré Julien, 6 Oct. 1818, on verso; addressed: “The honble Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello.”

Index Entries

  • Bernard, Allen; Rockfish Gap innkeeper search
  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • cheese; sent to TJ search
  • food; cheese search
  • food; peas search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); as University of Virginia commissioner search
  • merino sheep; TJ sends to A. Stuart search
  • peas; TJ sends search
  • Staunton, Va.; as potential location for state university search
  • Stuart, Archibald; as University of Virginia commissioner search
  • Stuart, Archibald; letters from search
  • Stuart, Archibald; TJ sends sheep to search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ meeting at Rockfish Gap search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • water; quality of search