Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, 2 November 1819

From Joseph C. Cabell

[Bremo]. 2d Novr 1819.

Dear Sir,

Being now at this place on my way to the Lower country I avail myself of the opportunity by Mr Neilson to return the plan of your House in Bedford, for the use of which I beg you to accept my sincere thanks. I admire it very much. But the want of suitable instruments and continued indisposition almost ever since I left Monticello, have prevented me from taking a copy. It is not however important at this time that I should have the plan in my possession to study or to imitate. The wish which I felt so ardently to move into your neighbourhood and that of the University cannot now be indulged. I do not believe that there is at this time any opening for me to get into that neighbourhood, with the advantages of soil & position which I should desire. Nor could I sell either of my estates in the present state of the country, but at a sacrafice, which even prodigality would condemn. And the stock of money in hand on which I counted when I left Monticello, as a fund to begin upon, I now find must be loaned to a friend to prevent the sacrafice of his property. I must, therefore, postpone any change of my situation at this time, & make such additions to my establishment at Warminster as will not materially affect its sale in future, & are demanded by present convenience

I am extremely sorry to hear of the severe attack of illness you have had since the meeting of the Visitors, and I earnestly hope it may wear off without any injury to your constitution.   I am Dr Sir, faithfully yours

Joseph C. Cabell

RC (ViU: TJP-PC); torn at seal; endorsed by TJ as received 6 Nov. 1819 from Bremo and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Thomas Leiper, 27 Apr. 1822, on recto and verso; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello Care of Mr Neilson.”

Index Entries

  • architecture; J. Neilson’s drawings search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and architectural drawings of Poplar Forest search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and proposed move to Albemarle Co. search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; letters from search
  • drawing; architectural search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Neilson (Nelson), John; Floor Plan of Poplar Forest search
  • Neilson (Nelson), John; Southern Elevation of Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); architectural drawings of search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; site of search