Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, 12 March 1819

From Joseph C. Cabell

Senate Chamber. March 12. 1819.

Dear Sir,

Your note of 6th inst by Mr Garrett covering the advertisement for workmen for the University has been received. I walked immediately to the office of the Enquirer & had the advertisement inserted in that paper, where I shall cause it to be continued for some successive papers. I have introduced Mr Garrett to the Governor, who will have a meeting of the President & Directors of the Literary Fund to-morrow, at which I have no doubt his draft for the $1500, will be honored. The Auditor has promised me that he will have no objection to the execution of the indemnifying bond in the case of the certificate in the county of Albemarle, so as to save the necessity of a visit to this place by the Proctor of the College. I have seen Col: Nicholas respecting Mr Brokenbrough’s being employed as Proctor, and he & Mr Garrett are now communicating on that part of the business. From every thing I can learn in regard to Mr Brokenbrough it would be important to engage him, and as any salary we could give a Proctor would not procure his services, neither Mr Johnson nor myself, as at present advised, see any impropriety in combining for that object, the appointment of Proctor, with that of Undertaker of the wooden part of the buildings. I have had an application from a Mr Montcarrel of this place for some station in the University as a Teacher of the French language. I have informed him that the institution will not go into operation for at least a year to come, and in the mean time I should have it in my power to procure information for him. We rise this evening or in the morning. I shall go on a visit with Mrs Cabell to some of her relations in Alexandria, and shall certainly be with you on 29th. One slight attack of blood-spitting, after a long speech, excepted, the symptoms in my breast have not returned since I last mentioned the subject of my health: and I am relieved from serious apprehensions & the symptoms that produced them. It gratifies myself and all your friends exceedingly to hear of your recovery.   I am dear Sir faithfully yours

Joseph C. Cabell

RC (ViU: TJP-PC); endorsed by TJ as received 18 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

The governor of Virginia was James P. Preston. The state auditor of public accounts was John Burfoot, while the proctor of the college was Nelson Barksdale. we rise: the General Assembly concluded its session on 13 Mar. 1819 (Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 293).

Index Entries

  • Barksdale, Nelson; Advertisement for Workmen for the University of Virginia search
  • Barksdale, Nelson; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Burfoot, John; Va. auditor of public accounts search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and A. S. Brockenbrough search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and advertisement for workmen for University of Virginia search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and recruitment of University of Virginia faculty search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and TJ’s health search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; health of search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; introduces A. Garrett search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; letters from search
  • Cabell, Mary Walker Carter (Joseph C. Cabell’s wife); travels of search
  • de Montcarel, Alexandre Jacques René Le Goueslier; seeks position at University of Virginia search
  • education; French language search
  • French language; applicants to teach at University of Virginia search
  • Garrett, Alexander; and A. S. Brockenbrough search
  • Garrett, Alexander; and advertisement for workmen for University of Virginia search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Garrett, Alexander; introduced by J. C. Cabell search
  • health; spitting blood search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Advertisement for Workmen for the University of Virginia search
  • Johnson, Chapman; and A. S. Brockenbrough search
  • newspapers; advertisements in search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and A. S. Brockenbrough search
  • Preston, James Patton; and University of Virginia search
  • Preston, James Patton; and Va. Literary Fund search
  • Richmond Enquirer (newspaper); advertises for workmen for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; carpenters and joiners for search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; faculty applicants search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • Virginia; Literary Fund search