Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 8 March 1819

To James Madison

Monticello Mar. 8. 19.

Dear Sir

I now return you the letter from mr Watson whom I met with on the road as mentioned in mine of the 3d.   in consequence of the doubts discovered on the subject of Cooper, I wrote to mr Cabell, to Correa, and to Cooper himself, and inclose you copies of my letters for perusal that you may see on what ground I place the matter with each. to Cooper I barely hold up the possibility1 of new views from a new majority, altho’ I do not apprehend any change. I have no doubt that Cabell will acquiesce. I must pray you to return me his letter, and the copies of mine now inclosed & salute you affectionately & respectfully

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); at foot of text: “Mr Madison”; endorsed by Madison. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of LeRoy, Bayard & Company to TJ, 27 Feb. 1819; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) David Watson to Madison, Louisa, 26 Feb. 1819 (RC in DLC: Madison Papers; printed in Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 1:424–5), which is similar in substance to Watson’s letter to TJ of that date. (2) TJ to Joseph C. Cabell, 1 Mar. 1819. (3) TJ to José Corrêa da Serra, 2 Mar. 1819. (4) TJ to Thomas Cooper, 3 Mar. 1819.

1Manuscript: “possibitity.”

Index Entries

  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and T. Cooper search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters to search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and faculty recruitment search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search
  • Watson, David (1773–1830); as member of Central College Board of Visitors search