Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, 21 January 1819

From Joseph C. Cabell

Senate Chamber. 21st Jan: 1819.

Dear Sir,

On the 19th inst the University Bill passed the House of Delegates, only 28 members voting against it. Yesterday I moved its committment in the Senate. The Committee are Messrs Johnson, Alfred Powell, Taliaferro, Hoomes of K. & Queen, Mallory, Hay & myself. We met to-day at 10—Mr Mallory being absent. I had previously agreed with my friends to admit no amendments.1 Mr Johnson proposed various amendments, begining with such as were unimportant, and proceeding to one of vital importance—viz to reduce the additional appropriation of 20,000$ for the education of the poor to $5000. We voted him down, after full discussion in the Committee. The committee has risen to meet again tomorrow so2 as to give Mr Johnson an opportunity to offer other amendments. I now think he will make efforts to change the site in the House. But I think3 you may be tranquil on this subject. The Bill will probably4 be a law in three days from this time.

faithfully yours

J. C. Cabell.

P. S. My wife, hearing of my late attack of hemorage, has become very unhappy, and in conjunction with my Williamsburg friends, urges me to withdraw to that place. Happily I am getting over the attack, and my breast is much less sore than it was a few days past. I am strongly in hopes the rupture was confined to some of the Vessels of the throat. As soon as the University Bill passes I shall retire to Judge Coalter’s and attend to my duties in the Senate, as my health will permit, from that place: and should it be necessary I will go to Williamsburg. But the connection of the Eastern & Western Waters, is a subject of great importance in itself and I have promised5 to render every service in my power to Mr Thompson of Kenawha. Mrs C. will6 come up on sunday with the Miss Coalters from Williamsburg.

RC (ViU: TJP-PC); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Jan. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Steele, 25 May 1819, on verso; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 21 Jan.

1Manuscript: “admendments.”

2Manuscript: “So so.”

3Preceding two words interlined.

4Word interlined.

5Preceding nine words interlined in place of “on which I wish.”

6Cabell here canceled “join me at Judge Coalter’s.”

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