Thomas Jefferson Papers

Rowland Reynolds to Thomas Jefferson, 12 September 1819

From Rowland Reynolds

Hampton Septr 12th 1819


I have been absent from Hampton for a few days, during the vacation at the Academy and on my return yesterday I received your letter of the 29th ulto This Sir, will explain the reason that your letter has remained until now unanswered. I am extremely obliged to you for your remembrance of me and your wish to name me to the Visitors, but I am sorry that I am compelled to decline that favor. My reason is candidly the following. The Salary which I receive is $1500 ⅌ Ann. and I do not think that the fees of the school at Charlottesville would afford an emolument equivalent to this. Were I a single man I should feel no hesitation in accepting the situation if elected, but as I have a family I am particularly anxious not to hazard an uncertainty. I am Sir with the greatest esteem and respect

Your obliged servt

Rowland Reynolds

RC (ViU: TJP); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esq.”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Sept. 1819 but recorded in SJL as received one day earlier.

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