Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Robert Patterson, 2 February 1819

To Robert Patterson

Monticello Feb. 2. 19.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Jan. 23. was recieved the day before yesterday, and I was quite mortified to learn that my telescope had been delivered you without the letter of explanation which accompanied it. it must have placed me in an awkward attitude before you. on the preceding page is a copy of that letter; and to lesson the trouble I occasion you with this commission I inclose a letter for mr Davenport with a 10.D. bill, the costs of repair he stated to you, and instructions how to forward the telescope when done. the delivery of this letter therefore will be the only further trouble I need impose on you, with many thanks for that you have already had on this as well as former occasions.

We are endeavoring here to get an University established on a broader scale than our old William & Mary, but whether, the legislature will endow as freely as they legislate is still to be known. Accept my salutations & assurances of constant friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); on a single sheet folded to form four pages, with first enclosure on p. 1, letter on p. 2, and address on p. 3; addressed: “Doctr Robert Patterson Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 4 Feb. PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) TJ to Patterson, 18 Oct. 1818. (2) TJ to William Davenport, 2 Feb. 1819.

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  • Davenport, William; repairs telescope search
  • Patterson, Robert; and telescope search
  • Patterson, Robert; and University of Virginia search
  • Patterson, Robert; letters to search
  • scientific instruments; telescopes search
  • telescopes; repaired search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
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  • William and Mary, College of; mentioned search