Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 15 April 1819

From Thomas Cooper

Ap. 15. 1819. Philada

Dear Sir

M. Leshot found me yet confined to my bed; he gave me 125 Dlrs, and by the time he returns from New York, I shall in all probability be enabled to procure the Stoves. Mr Slack goes tomorrow to Norfolk & thence to Charlottesville.

As to the Seal, I must wait till I can get up, and procure a classic drawing of the Peplon. The Peace Minerva, I believe has wings to her helmet. I know of no emblems of the arts of peace, but the astronomical Gnomon, and the Sphere; both of which we know were the instruments of the Antients. You have said nothing about the Size. I shall get it made as small as is consistent with distinctness in the figure & the reading. I fear I cannot promise much excellence in the execution, but if I get a drawing made first it can be copied. I will endeavour to engage a tin man as soon as I can, for he will be necessary to my operations also.

I shall hunt through such authorities as I can find here for the Minerva. Accept my best wishes.

Thomas Cooper

I sent to Mr Ware; he is gone into the Country. His wife promises he shall call on me, immediately on his return.

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 1 May (reworked from 30 Apr.) 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (CSmH: JF-BA); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Vachel Worthington and George W. Anderson, 17 June 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 15 Apr.

mr slack: Gerard E. Stack.

Index Entries

  • astronomy; astronomical instruments search
  • clothing; helmets search
  • clothing; peplums search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and builders for University of Virginia search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and G. E. Stack search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and seal for University of Virginia search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and stoves for University of Virginia search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); health of search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); letters from search
  • gnomon (astronomical instrument) search
  • household articles; stoves search
  • Leschot, Louis A.; and stoves for University of Virginia search
  • Minerva (Roman deity); and University of Virginia seal search
  • scientific instruments; astronomical search
  • sphere (astronomical instrument) search
  • Stack, Gerard E.; as classical tutor search
  • stoves; for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stoves for search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; seal of search
  • Ware, Richard; as carpenter for University of Virginia search
  • Ware, Richard; family of search