Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 10 February 1820

From Thomas Cooper

Columbia south Carolina Feb. 10. 1820.

Dear sir

Mrs Cooper writes to me that no letter has been received from you since my departure from Philadelphia, and desires to know whether she is to set out with her family to Virginia in the beginning of the Summer or sooner.

My first course here, will end in June. my second will occupy four months of the next winter, when I shall quit this situation for Charlotte’sville If I am wanted there. shall I be wanted there at that time? Is that a point settled?

Pray be so good as to write on the subjects relating to me, to Mr John Vaughan who will communicate with Mrs Cooper, who is anxious about her place of removal. If I shall not be wanted at Charlottesville, I will bring my family here.

This College labours under a want that will affect your University also: the want of good primary & classical schools dispersed throughout the State to prepare youth properly for the Institution of the last resort. A good classical course at a school, I find daily more & more indispensible. Accept Dear sir my kind wishes, and sincere respect.

Thomas Cooper

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Feb. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Cooper, Elizabeth Pratt Hemming (Thomas Cooper’s wife); proposed relocation of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas; professor at South Carolina College search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • education; classical search
  • schools and colleges; classical search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); and classical schools search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); faculty at search
  • Vaughan, John; and T. Cooper search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search