Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Louis H. Girardin, 31 March 1819

To Louis H. Girardin

Monticello Mar. 31. 19.

Dear Sir

I have a grandson, Francis Eppes whom I should be very glad to have put under your tuition the present year, and I have written to his father, mr John W. Eppes to request his assent to it. in the mean time it is necessary for me to be able to assure him that you can recieve him, & also to state to him the terms1 of your school.2 a cousin of his goes also with him, as they are inseparable, and have constantly been together from their cradle. he is a son of mr Baker of the Council of state. Eppes is reading Horace & Xenophon. Baker Horace and the Greek testament. will you be so good as by the return of the mail to inform me whether you can recieve them, & what are the terms, that I may communicate them to his father. I say by the return of the mail, as I am setting out for Bedford within a few days and shall be some time absent. I salute you with friendship and respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); addressed: “Mr Girardin Staunton”; franked; postmarked; with unrelated notations by Girardin on address leaf. PoC (MHi); on verso of an address cover from TJ to James P. Preston, formerly sealed but evidently unused; endorsed by TJ.

1Word interlined in place of “conditions.”

2Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); relationship with son search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); education of search
  • Bible; study of search
  • books; classical search
  • classics; education in search
  • education; classical search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, in Staunton search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters to search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; Staunton Academy search
  • Greek language; works in search
  • Griesbach, Johann Jakob; Ἡ Καινὴ Διαθήκη. Novum Testamentum Graece search
  • Horace; study of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family and Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family and Friends; relations with J. W. Baker search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • schools and colleges; Staunton Academy search
  • Staunton, Va.; schools in search
  • Virginia; Council of State search
  • Xenophon; study of search
  • Ἡ Καινὴ Διαθήκη. Novum Testamentum Graece (J. J. Griesbach) search