Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John W. Webster, 28 January 1820

To John W. Webster

Monticello Jan. 28. 20


I recieved yesterday your favor of the 10th and owe you acknolegements for offering us the occasion of procuring the valuable collection of minerals mentioned in your letter, but I have to regret that our institution is not yet so advanced as to permit us to avail ourselves of it. our funds being lim[i]ted and moderate, we must marshal their application according to the respective urgencies of the objects. the completi[on] of our buildings is the first necessary. to that we must apply all the funds as they arise and that will require time yet. other objects will then follow and claim their turn. in the hop[e] that some other institution, in a more matured state will prevent the loss to our country by the purchase of your collection I tender you the assurance of my high respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); on verso of reused address cover of Aaron Ely to TJ, 10 Feb. 1819; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Doctr J. W. Webster”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • mineralogy; collections of minerals search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; mineral specimens for search
  • Webster, John White; letter to search
  • Webster, John White; mineral collection of search