Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 23 September 1819

To James Madison

Monticello Sep. 23. 19.

Dear Sir

The law establishing the University requires the Visitors to make a1 report annually embracing a full account of the disbursements, the funds on hand, and a general statement of the condition of the sd University. the account of disbursements and funds belongs to the Bursar & Proctor, who are accordingly instructed to have them made up to the last day of this month. the condition of the University is our part of the Report which I presume should be made at the October session. the season for building is then near it’s close, the session of the legislature approaching, and the time proper for determining on the operations of the next year, either with or without the aid & controul of the legislature. as this is the first occasion of forming such a report, I have sketched one according to existing facts, but not being satisfied what should be exactly it’s form and matter, I inclose it to you and request your suggestions of any thing more which you think it should contain, or any thing in it, which you think should be out, & to return it by mail.

On my return from Bedford I found here a volume from the colonisation society for you under the same cover with one addressed to my self which I forward you by this mail. in the mass of my letters too was one for you, the seal of which I had broken before I observed that it was addressed to you. with a request for pardon for this inadvertence I now inclose it, unread. I hope you will be with us at least a day before our meeting on Monday the 4th of October, as the other gentlemen are requested to be, that we may talk over our business at our leisure before the meeting in form at the University and that mrs Madison will do us the favor of accompanying you. ever and affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); endorsed by Madison. PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 216:38564); on verso of reused address cover of Chapman Johnson to TJ, 13 Mar. 1819; misdated 4 Sept. 1819; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Madison”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 23 Sept. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) unlocated draft of University of Virginia Board of Visitors Report to Literary Fund President and Directors, 4 Oct. 1819. (2) enclosure to Peter Force to TJ, 30 July 1819. Other enclosure not found.

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • American Colonization Society search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; as University of Virginia proctor search
  • Force, Peter; and American Colonization Society search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Bill to Establish a University search
  • Literary Fund; University of Virginia Board of Visitors Report to search
  • Madison, Dolley Payne Todd (James Madison’s wife); TJ invites to Monticello search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters to search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); visits Monticello search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); works sent to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • The Second Annual Report of the American Society for colonizing the Free People of Colour of the United States search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; Arthur S. Brockenbrough’s Statement of Expenditures by the University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; annual report of search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; Bill to Establish a University search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search