Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 26 August 1818

From Thomas Cooper

Aug. 26. 1818

Dear sir

I write now in reply to yours from the warm Springs, of the 7th Instant.

Dr Patterson is not chosen Chemical Professor, nor do I think he will be. The election does not take place till the first day of September. The event you shall be informed of, without delay.

If I should not succeed (a very possible case) M. Correa, Mrs Cooper and myself, set out forthwith for Charlotteville. She is entitled to be consulted by me, and therefore I take her. At present, she would be willing to renounce any chance I have here, and set out at once for Virginia: but she will be better able to judge when she arrives there.

I shall not be influenced by the New York proposals. But I have a suit depending in the district federal court here, wherein I am Plf in ejectment, which will compel my being present the third week of October.

M. Correa is rambling about New York State. I heard of him last, at Albany.

The more I think of it, the more it strikes me as a matter of national importance, to commence something like a scientific plan for the promotion of natural science, & therefore to send out Mess. Say & Nuttal to Columbia, where they propose staying a year or two. MM. Correa, Collins & some others had raised funds to send out Nuttal to the Arkansas. If you think well of my suggestion in this respect, pray promote it with Mr Munroe.

I remain always Dear sir Your faithful friend

Thomas Cooper

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Sept. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Hugh Holmes, 21 Dec. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 26 Aug.

Cooper, as plaintiff (plf), sued to eject a competing claimant to the Limestone Lick tract in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, an interest in which he had purchased at a sheriff’s sale more than a decade earlier. The United States Circuit Court for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Districts ruled in Cooper’s favor in October 1819 (Bushrod Washington, ed., Reports of Cases Determined in the Circuit Court of the United States, for the Third Circuit, comprising the Districts of Pennsylvania and New-Jersey. Commencing at April Term, 1803 [1826–29], 3:546–57; Cooper to TJ, 24 Nov. 1819).

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; and natural history exploration search
  • Central College; professors for search
  • Collins, Zaccheus; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Cooper, Elizabeth Pratt Hemming (Thomas Cooper’s wife); proposed visit of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; academic career of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and Central College search
  • Cooper, Thomas; letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas; litigation of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; proposed visit of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and American Philosophical Society search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; U.S. travels of search
  • Monroe, James; presidency of search
  • natural history; observations on search
  • Nuttall, Thomas; as scientist search
  • Patterson, Robert Maskell; professorship of search
  • Say, Thomas; as scientist search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search