Thomas Jefferson Papers

José Corrêa da Serra to Thomas Jefferson, 28 December 1818

From José Corrêa da Serra

Washington. 28. December. 1818.


I have Lately received from you the report about the University of Virginia for which i give you my best thanks. Though you had been so kind to communicate it to me at Monticello, and the Leading ideas had remained in my mind, still a repeated and reflected perusal of it has still more impressed me with the soundness and fitness of the contents in all its parties.1 May your Legislature adopt it, and may you enjoy the growth of this noble institution many years. It will be a most noble conclusion of the high services which you have rendered to America, because i consider an institution such as you have planned not only useful to yours and to the neighbouring states, but as a stimulant to the other though distant states.

I have not lost any occasion of knowing the state of your health, and am very glad to be informed to day by a Letter from Gilmer that it is perfectly recovered. Take now care of it for the sake of the work in which you are engaged; the Legislature may decree, but no body can execute it but the planner, i know your country.

Not to trouble you with microscopic observations, i inclose a bit of paper for Colonel Randolph, and remain always with the greatest respect and attachment

Your most obedt faithful servt

Joseph Corrèa de Serra

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 9 Jan. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Hugh Holmes, 4 Mar. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Late President of the United States Charlottesville Albemarle Cty Virginia”; franked; postmarked Washington, 30 Dec. Enclosure not found.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and T. M. Randolph search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and University of Virginia search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; friendship with F. W. Gilmer search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; letters from search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; friendship with J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia search
  • Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson); distributed by TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ report search