Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Cutbush, 7 January 1820

To James Cutbush

Monticello Jan. 7. 20.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Dec. 27. was recieved on the 5th inst. Doctor Cooper’s engagement with our University is not at all affected by his arrangements in S. Carolina, which are temporary only. our buildings being not likely to be finished before the close of the present year, or perhaps till the next, it was for our convenience1 as well as his to employ himself elsewhere in the mean time. his family will probably remove hither in the spring. there being therefore no vacancy in that professorship, we cannot avail ourselves of your known abilities in that line. your ideas of the importance of the application of chemistry to the arts coincide perfectly with my own. altho’ as yet in it’s infancy, this science has produced a wonderful advance in the useful arts, and much will be produced in it’s progress. the philosophy even of the most familiar operations in houshold economy such as malting, brewing, churning, cheese, panification, soap-making, incubation Etc. has not as yet been sufficiently developed. on these, cum multis aliis, we may expect instruction from yourself and fellow laborers. our University may assist in time: but it is yet in the shell, and all appointments suspended until it’s buildings are prepared. I salute you with assurances of great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DNA: RG 94, LRAG); addressed: “Doctr James Cutbush Washington Col.” and redirected in an unidentified hand to Philadelphia; franked; postmarked. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; torn at seal, with two words rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ.

panification: “the making into bread; conversion into the substance of bread, esp. as a chemical process” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ). cum multis aliis: “with many others.”

1Manuscript: “conveniece.”

Index Entries

  • bread; and chemistry search
  • brewing; and chemistry search
  • cheese; and chemistry search
  • chemistry; household applications of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; professor at South Carolina College search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • Cutbush, James; and chemistry search
  • Cutbush, James; letters to search
  • Cutbush, James; seeks position at University of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; chemistry search
  • soap search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); faculty at search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; faculty applicants search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search