Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 11 September 1818

To Francis Eppes

Monticello Sep. 11. 18.

Dear Francis

I am lately returned from the warm springs with my health entirely prostrated by the use of the waters. they produced an imposthume and eruptions which with the torment of the journey back reduced me to the last stage of weakness and exhaustion. I am getting better, but still obliged to lie night and day in the same reclined posture which renders writing painful. I cannot be at Poplar Forest till the middle of October, if strong enough then. if you should have to go to another school, if you will push your Greek Latin and Arithmetic, there will be no time lost, as that prepares you for reception at the University on the ground of a student of the sciences. altho’ I now consider that as fixed at the Central College yet it will retard the opening of that till the spring, as the conveyance of all our property to the Literary fund subjects us now to await the movements of the legislature. be assured, my dear Francis of my affectionate and devoted attachment to you.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Joel Yancey, 11 Sept. 1818.

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  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • children; letters to; F. W. Eppes search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); and Central College search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, TJ on search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); letters to search
  • Greek language; collegiate education in search
  • health; staphylococcus infection search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; staphylococcus infection search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Warm Springs search
  • Latin language; collegiate education in search
  • mathematics; collegiate education in search
  • staphylococcus; TJ infected with search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; proposed curriculum search
  • Virginia; House of Delegates search
  • Virginia; Literary Fund search
  • Warm Springs (Bath Co.); TJ visits search