Thomas Jefferson Papers

Francis Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 2 August 1818

From Francis Eppes

New London Academy August 2d 1818

Dear Grandpapa

I found on my arrival here the day that we parted that the Trustees were assembling for the trial of Watts, after Spending most of the day in warm debate he was Suspended untill he should beg Mr Dashiels pardon; and promise good behaviour in future, and this in the presence of the whole school, to my great surprise he agreed to these humiliating conditions and was admitted, all goes on now as before and a sullen calm has succeeded to the storm that was once threatning in its aspect, Mr Dashiel is not as much respected I think by the students as formerly

By this time you have decided on the place for the university and I hope that the Central College is adopted, as the situation is an healthy one and the most eligible indeed in the state, and because it would afford me the greatest pleasure imaginable to finish my education there it being under your direction. I have commenced Xenophon, and Horace also, though I am afraid that I cannot get through the Arithmetic this session—I have heard nothing from the Forest since I saw you—Give my love to Aunt Randolph and the family. believe me to remain your

Affectionate Grandson

Francis Eppes

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 1 Sept. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Cérès de Montcarel, 29 Nov. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr monticello Nr Milton Albermarle Co.”; stamped; postmarked New London, 3 Aug.

the forest: Poplar Forest.

Index Entries

  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • children; letters from; F. W. Eppes 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); letters from search
  • Horace; study of search
  • mathematics; study of search
  • New London, Va.; academy at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ’s grandchildren visit search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • schools and colleges; New London Academy search
  • Watts, Mr.; suspended from New London Academy search
  • Xenophon; study of search