Thomas Jefferson Papers

Wilson J. Cary to Thomas Jefferson, 7 May 1819

From Wilson J. Cary

Carysbrook—May 7. 1819

Dear Sir

I am just informed by General Cocke that Mr Slack, a Gentleman from Philadelphia has been induced to come on to Charlottesville to establish a Grammar School in that place. Being anxious to obtain for my Son Wilson Miles, the advantage of a Teacher who comes so highly recommended, I lose no time in requesting the favor of you to enter him as a Scholar—and to engage board for him if possible with Mr Laporte—in whose family, he will, I hope, have an opportunity of acquiring the French language, while he is carrying on his classical education.

I should be highly obliged by a line from you, stating the terms of board and tuition, whether Mr Slack proposes to add any other branches of Education (such as Geography and Arithmetic) to his classical course—and paticularly, when the School will commence.

I am Dear Sir with the highest respect & regard

Wilson J: Cary.

RC (ViU: TJP-CC); endorsed by TJ as received 9 May 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

mr slack: Gerard E. Stack.

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  • Cary, Wilson Jefferson; and W. M. Cary’s education search
  • Cary, Wilson Jefferson; letters from search
  • Cary, Wilson Miles (1806–77); education of search
  • Charlottesville Academy; and G. E. Stack search
  • Charlottesville Academy; curriculum of search
  • Charlottesville Academy; opening of search
  • Charlottesville Academy; tuition fees search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and Charlottesville Academy search
  • education; classical search
  • education; French language search
  • French language; spoken in boardinghouses search
  • French language; study of search
  • geography; study of search
  • Laporte, Peter; family of search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); boarders at search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); French language spoken at search
  • mathematics; study of search
  • Stack, Gerard E.; and Charlottesville Academy search