Thomas Jefferson Papers

Andrew Kean to Thomas Jefferson, 3 December 1818

From Andrew Kean

Goochland decr 3rd 1818


It was only on last Saturday that your esteemed favor reached me—I hope to be at Monticello about the 15th of this month but possibly professional duty may make it some days later—To obtain a circle where the population was more dense & wealthy I removed last february from Yanceyville to Lickinghole in Goochland—Here I have a pretty considerable tract of Land so circumstanced that I think it could not be disposed of at present1 for any thing like it’s value.—

A residence convenient to the Central Colledge would indeed weigh greatly with me—I confidently hope in that establishment in a few Years being one of the first in the World—And few individuals have as much reason to feel on private grounds interest in it’s welfare or a desire to reside near it—Being already the Father of five sons—my eldest seventeen years old and a Wife young enough to render it quite probable that we may have five more

But as when we meet I shall submit for2 your consideration & advice the whole of this subject I shall only add my gratefull acknowledgements & profound respects—

Andrew Kean

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 6 Dec. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

1Kean here canceled “without.”

2Preceding two words interlined in place of “solicit.”

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