Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 21 March 1820

From Thomas Cooper

March 21. 1820 Columbia

Dear sir

I received yours of the 8th yesterday. The contents greatly chagrined me, as it is on every account to be regretted that your Institution cannot go into operation till 1822; and even that period is contingent. I was right in the commencement of our correspondence on this subject, in taking into my calculations the chapter of accidents.

I shall request Mr Vaughan to transmit you a draught not for 1500$ but for 750$ only payable 1st May.—

I can make no definitive observations on your letter till I see Mrs Cooper: for which purpose I shall desire her to remain in Philadelphia till July when I will visit that place. I am at a loss at present what to determine on. At all events, I shall remove my family to the place where I go myself wherever that may be, for no consideration shall tempt me to live separate from them, the best part of another year.

I remain with affectionate respects

Dear Sir Your obliged friend and Servant

Thomas Cooper

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Mar. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to George Watterston, 1 Sept. 1820, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Columbia, 21 Mar.

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  • Cooper, Elizabeth Pratt Hemming (Thomas Cooper’s wife); proposed relocation of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • Vaughan, John; and T. Cooper search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; faculty compensation search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search