Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 13 September 1819

From Thomas Cooper

Philadelphia Sepr 13. 1819.

Dear sir

I wrote to you at the Bedford Springs of this State, supposing from what I saw in the newspapers, you might be there.

The castings are at last furnished. J. Vaughan has undertaken to forward them according to your directions. The seal is done; & the impression sent to you, which as soon as it receives your approbation I will pay for, as I shall for the castings, when the account is sent to me.

I have received an offer which I consider as worth my while to accept to give a course of lectures this1 winter at Lexington Kentucky, where they propose to begin an University by a first course of lectures the ensuing season. I shall be at Charlottesville the first of April, but as I must do something for my living, I believe I shall accept the Kentucky offer ad interim.

The manufacturers are very busy here, promoting meetings, societies and addresses to obtain from the next Congress, an encrease of the Tariff. I have opposed them by an essay signed “Indagator” in the Analectic magazine about two numbers back, & I think I shall again put pen to paper to shew that it is a scheme on part of the Manufacturers to pick the pocket of the farmers.

I remain always with great respect   Dear Sir

Your friend & Servant

Thomas Cooper

M. Correa is well.

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 18 Sept. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Vaughan, 6 Jan. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 13 Sept.

Cooper argued that the existing tariff on foreign goods was sufficient in an essay signed “indagator” published in the Analectic Magazine 14 (July 1819): 39–47.

1Cooper here canceled “ye.”

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  • Cooper, Thomas; academic career of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; andAnalectic Magazine search
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  • Cooper, Thomas; on domestic manufacturing search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • household articles; stoves search
  • manufacturing; and tariffs search
  • schools and colleges; Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.) search
  • stoves; for University of Virginia search
  • The Analectic Magazine search
  • Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.); professorship for T. Cooper proposed at search
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