Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 18 January 1820

To Archibald Stuart

Monticello Jan. 18. 20

Dear Sir

You will percieve by mr Garret’s note that your signature is required to the inclosed copy of Kosciuzko’s will which accordingly I request; and it may be necessary to express a doubt whether a scroll instead of a real seal will be recieved out of this state. it will be safest to add a seal of wax or wafer.

The literary board has decided that the monies allowed to the different counties for the service of the year in their primary schools, if not expended in the year, revert to the fund, and cannot be claimed by the county afterwards. this produces a derelict or unclaimed fund which for the last two years amounts to probably 50,000.D. and as this requires a law to [be] reappropriated, we hope it will be given to the finishing our buildings which would enable us to open the University early in the ensuing year. ever & affectionately yours.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF-BA); on verso of reused address cover of James Oldham to TJ, 17 Feb. 1819; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Judge Stuart”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) note by Alexander Garrett writing as clerk of the Albemarle County Superior Court of Law, not found. (2) authenticated copy of the 5 May 1798 will of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, not found, but likely corresponding to the will as printed in PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, James P. McClure, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 43 vols. description ends , 30:332–3, with the addition of Garrett’s 10 Jan. 1820 attestation of the copy’s authenticity and a 23 Jan. 1820 certification by Stuart as judge that Garrett is clerk of court and his certification is in due form of law (later Tr of Kosciuszko’s 1798 will in DNA: RG 267, SCACF, box 141, case 1303, Armstrong v. Lear, with attestations by Garrett and Stuart and 14 Aug. 1821 attestation by Henry C. Neale, register of wills; another Tr of Kosciuszko’s 1798 will in DNA: RG 21, CCDCCR, Chancery Dockets and Rules Case Files, 1804–63, Rules 4, box 151, case 547, with attestations by Garrett and Stuart and 26 Sept. 1848 attestation by Edward N. Roach, register of wills).

A scroll is a flourish or circle added to a signature in place of a seal (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 ).

Index Entries

  • Garrett, Alexander; as Albemarle Co. clerk search
  • Garrett, Alexander; letters from accounted for search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; wills of search
  • Literary Fund; funds of search
  • Stuart, Archibald; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Stuart, Archibald; and University of Virginia search
  • Stuart, Archibald; letters to search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search