Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: James Ogilvie to George Ticknor, [ca. 27 April 1819]


James Ogilvie to George Ticknor

[ca. 27 Apr. 1819]

My dear Sir,

M Blatterman has this day transmitted to you testimonials of his character, & of his capacity to teach the modern languages, which will, I trust, be found satisfactory.—

Having lived under his roof for many months & taken lessons from him occasionally in the French & German languages, I am perfectly free to say: that his sobriety, diligence, readiness1 clearness in communicating information are remarkable & eminently entitle him2 to confidence & commendation.—

Mr Bevan of Georgia, who was his pupil a few months ago, & had a better opportunity to Judge of his pretensions, entertained a very high opinion of Mr Blatterman, both as regards his character & qualifications as a teacher & will I am sure, be quite happy to unite his testimony with mine in Mr B.s behalf.—

Since you left London I have had an interview with Doctor Jones, who is well acquainted with Mr Blatterman, & thinks him singularly qualified to discharge the duties of the Professorship for which he is a candidate, with advantage to the Institution & credit to himself.

Doctor Jones takes a warm interest in this matter, & has written on the subject, to Mr Jefferson & to Benjamin Vaughan Esqr.—

Mr Blatterman is about thirty six years of age, in good health & ardently attached to his profession:—He is married but childless & Mrs Blatterman unites to a disposition the most gentle & amiable a considerable knowledge of the French and Spanish languages, & having lived as a governess in a family of rank and distinction in Gibralter, is qualified to render herself useful as an instructress of young ladies.—

I beg leave to add that in urging Mr Blattermans’ pretensions, I am as strongly influenced by a desire to render service to a public Institution in Virginia as by a wish to promote the interest of a highly worthy & respectable man. Accept, My dear Sir, a sincere assurance of the respectful & affectionate regards

of, Yours truly

James Ogilvie—

P.S.—You will gratify me, by a few lines after your arrival in Boston, apprizing me3 of your safe return to your own happy country—I will thank you also to mention how far you may have reason to hope that Mr Blattermans’ chance for the Professorship is probable or otherwise.


RC (ViU: Letters of Recommendation for George Blaettermann); undated; addressed: “George Ticknor Esqr now in Liverpool.”

1Word interlined in place of “willingness.”

2Manuscript: “his.”

3Manuscript: “m.”

Index Entries

  • Bevan, Joseph Vallence search
  • Blaettermann, Elizabeth Charlotte Dean (George Wilhelm Blaettermann’s wife); J. Ogilvie on search
  • Blaettermann, George Wilhelm; recommendations of search
  • education; female search
  • Jones, John (of London); recommends G. W. Blaettermann search
  • language; collegiate education in search
  • Ogilvie, James; and G. W. Blaettermann search
  • Ogilvie, James; letter from, to G. Ticknor search
  • Ticknor, George; and G. W. Blaettermann search
  • Ticknor, George; letter to, from J. Ogilvie search
  • Ticknor, George; travels of search
  • Vaughan, Benjamin; and G. W. Blaettermann search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; modern languages professorship search
  • women; education of search