Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jerman Baker, 14 May 1819

To Jerman Baker

Monticello May 14. 19.

Dear Sir

Wayles and Francis are now here and will enter with mr Stack who opens his school three days from this time in Charlottesville, for Latin, Greek and French. he is recommended to me by Dr Cooper as the best classical scholar he has ever met with in the US. and my conversations with him satisfy me that his method is solidly good. he is a very modest & correct man in his conduct. his tuition fee is 30.D. a year, one half payable in advance. Laporte from the Calfpasture is expected daily to open a boarding house, a house being engaged for him. it is expected his board will be 125.D. a year, half in advance. they will have one vacation only in the year from Dec. 15. to Jan 31. mr Eppes has left with me both ad[vance]s for Wayles, and he and Francis will go hence every morning & [return?] in the evening until Laporte’s arrival when they will take up their [bo]ard with him. with your permission I shall pay the same attention to Wayles as to Francis. I would recommend his beginning French immediately for the advantage of learning to speak it in Laporte’s family. accept for mrs Baker and yourself my affectionate respects

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of William S. Murphy to TJ, 6 Nov. 1818; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Baker”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); and F. W. Eppes’s education search
  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); letters to search
  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); relationship with son search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); and study of French search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); education of search
  • Baker, Martha Bolling Eppes (TJ’s niece; Jerman Baker’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Charlottesville Academy; and G. E. Stack search
  • Charlottesville Academy; and school vacations search
  • Charlottesville Academy; opening of search
  • Charlottesville Academy; tuition fees search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and G. E. Stack search
  • education; French language search
  • education; Latin search
  • education; of J. W. Baker search
  • education; TJ on search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, in Charlottesville search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, with Baker family search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • French language; spoken in boardinghouses search
  • French language; study of search
  • Greek language; study of search
  • Laporte, Peter; family of search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); boarders at search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); charges for boarding at search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); French language spoken at search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); opening of search
  • Latin language; study of search
  • Stack, Gerard E.; and Charlottesville Academy search