Thomas Jefferson Papers

John H. Cocke to Thomas Jefferson, 12 November 1819

From John H. Cocke

Bremo Novr 12. 1819

Dear sir,

I am induced to fear, from what I hear from Mr Neilson, of your daily expecting to hear from me, that the letter to Doctor Cooper which you some time ago sent me for my signature has not reached you;—it was immediately signed, inclosed in one expressive of my entire approbation of its contents, and put into the care of my friend Colo Miles Cary to be sent to the Wilmington post Office.—

Accept, sir, my cordial congratulations upon your restoration to health.—May you yet long enjoy this first of earthly blessingsAs a Citizen of Virginia I may be permitted to add, at least, until you behold the full accomplishment of the favorite object of your old age, the University in compleat & successful operation—an event which I dare venture to say, posterity will regard as the chief work of your life—

Yours with Sentiments of highest respect & Esteem

John H Cocke

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received 18 Nov. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Barnes, 7 Apr. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; postmarked Wilmington, Va., 17 Nov.

Index Entries

  • Cary, Miles; carries letter search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Neilson (Nelson), John; and work at Bremo (J. H. Cocke’s Fluvanna Co. estate) search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and faculty recruitment search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; committee of superintendence search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; TJ as founder of search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search