Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to José Corrêa da Serra, 30 June 1819

To José Corrêa da Serra

Monticello June 30. 19.

Dear Sir

In the hope of recieving the annual visit as heretofore, I think it necessary to advise you of my future motions lest I should lose the benefit of it as befell me once before. on this day week I proceed to Poplar Forest where I shall continue to the 1st of October, when the meeting of the visitors of the University will oblige me to return. perhaps that meeting may be an additional motive for fixing the time of your visit, as measures will then be taken of much interest to the institution1 on which you have been so partial as to rest some hope. we are going on with our buildings, and in the course of this and the next year we hope to have accomodations ready for all our professors and students. those for the professors will be as handsome and comfortable as probably they could have any where. as the institution gains favor daily with the public, so our confidence grows in the patronage of the legislature and in the enlargement of their endowment. without this indeed years will be necessary to accomplish the buildings. we have some breakers ahead too which threaten some danger. the infatuated confidence in banks occasioned large portions to be deposited in them of the funds for the literary establishment and public works. how these banks will weather the present storm, we cannot foresee. their failure would produce heavy loss to our funds. I salute you as ever with affectionate friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC): on verso of portion of reused address cover for chart associated with Isaac H. Tiffany to TJ, 18 Mar. 1819; at foot of text: “M. Correa de Serra”; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “instution.”

Index Entries

  • banks; TJ on search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and University of Virginia search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; letters to search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; dormitory rooms search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; pavilions search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia; banks in search
  • Virginia; Board of Public Works search
  • Virginia; Literary Fund search