Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: Advertisements for Peter Laporte’s Boardinghouse and Gerard E. Stack’s Charlottesville Academy, [by 11 June 1819]


Advertisements for Peter Laporte’s Boardinghouse and Gerard E. Stack’s Charlottesville Academy

[by 11 June 1819]

Education at Charlottesville.

The subscriber, late of the Calfpasture in Augusta, has removed to Charlottesville, and there keeps a BOARDING HOUSE, for the accommodation of the pupils of the school for languages, opened by Mr. Stack, on the invitation of the Rector and friends of the University of Virginia. As a vacation is proposed in that school of a month and an half in mid-winter, the terms of boarding, from vacation to vacation, will be $126, one half, indispensably, in advance; each person finding their own bedding and washing. The style of their diet, and other regulations, will be whatever shall be recommended by the authorities of the University; and the subscriber and his family will strictly observe instructions to speak only in French with such boarders as wish to acquire the habit of conversing in that language.



As it was found that the University could not be opened until the ensuing year, it was thought important to establish in the mean time, at Charlottesville, a school wherein the Greek and Latin languages might be taught critically, and youths properly prepared for entering into the schools of science, as soon as the University should be opened. The high recommendations of Mr. Stack, which were sent to me, induced my proposing his undertaking this school; and from the conversations I have had with him, and the methods I have observed him to pursue, since his arrival and commencement, I have no doubt he will entirely fulfil our expectations.

Mr. Stack teaches French also, and with a view to furnish an opportunity of acquiring the habit of speaking that language to youths desiring it, Mr. Laporte and his family, in which it is habitually spoken, well known to the numerous travellers who have passed through the Calfpasture annually, has been invited to keep a boarding house for the accommodation of the pupils. The style of dieting recommended to him will be such as may combine comfort with temperance, and health with activity of mind.


Printed in the Richmond Enquirer, 15, 25, and 29 June 1819.

Index Entries

  • Charlottesville Academy; advertisement for search
  • Charlottesville Academy; and G. E. Stack search
  • Charlottesville Academy; and school vacations search
  • Charlottesville Academy; and University of Virginia search
  • Charlottesville Academy; curriculum of search
  • education; French language search
  • education; Latin search
  • French language; spoken in boardinghouses search
  • French language; study of search
  • Greek language; study of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Advertisements for Peter Laporte’s Boardinghouse and Gerard E. Stack’s Charlottesville Academy search
  • Laporte, Peter; family of search
  • Laporte, Peter; tavern of search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); advertisement for search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); bedding for search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); charges for boarding at search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); fare served at search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); French language spoken at search
  • Laporte’s boardinghouse (Charlottesville); opening of search
  • Laporte’s Tavern (Augusta Co.) search
  • Latin language; study of search
  • Richmond Enquirer (newspaper); advertises P. Laporte’s boardinghouse and G. E. Stack’s Charlottesville Academy search
  • Stack, Gerard E.; and Charlottesville Academy search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; rector of search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and students’ diet search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opening of search
  • Virginia, University of; Students; academic preparation for search