Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Chapman Johnson, 3 March [1819]

To Chapman Johnson

Monticello Mar. 3.

Dear Sir

I have learnt with sincere pleasure your nomination as a Visitor of the University; and with the more as it will again give us occasions of seeing you here. I hope you will make Monticello your head quarters on all these occasions; and I particularly wish you could come a day at least before our meeting of the 29th instant. the papers being all here, their examination would put you into possession of the train of our business, & of the objects of the meeting. it has in fact been our usual course for the gentlemen of the College to come here the day before our appointed meeting, which gives us an opportunity of talking over our business at leisure, of making up our minds on it, and even of committing it to paper in form, so as that our resort to the College (where there is no accomodation) is a mere legal ceremony for signing only.—I shall be happy moreover if you can make a stage of Monticello as you pass up, and if mrs Johnson is with you it will give mrs Randolph & the family great pleasure to recieve her also. I salute you with friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 215:38307); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; partially dated; at foot of text: “Chapman Johnson esq.”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 3 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Central College Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Johnson, Chapman; appointment of to University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Johnson, Chapman; as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Johnson, Chapman; invited to visit Monticello search
  • Johnson, Chapman; letters to search
  • Johnson, Mary Ann Nicholson (Chapman Johnson’s wife) search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); as hostess at Monticello search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; members of search