Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Recommendation of Gerard E. Stack, [ca. 26 March 1820]

Recommendation of Gerard E. Stack

[ca. 26 Mar. 1820]

The opinion to which Dr Cooper alludes in his introductory letter by mr Stack to me, dated Apr. 15. 19. was expressed in repeated conversations with him at Monticello, on the subject of a classical teacher for the Grammar school proposed to be opened at Charlottesville. it was entirely favorable to mr Stack, whom he considered as equal to any classical scholar we could obtain in the United States. I am neither critic enough in the classical languages myself, nor have I had the presumption to examine formally mr Stack’s degree of1 proficiency in them. but Dr Cooper’s testimony is sufficient to satisfy me on that head. his method & course of teaching have been the subjects of conversation between us; and I considered them as very good. since his school commenced some have thought him not firm enough in the preservation of order in it; and more particularly in the enforcement of greater diligence in his smaller pupils. but of this I know nothing but from the report of others. he is diligent himself, and of a demeanor perfectly correct quiet and praiseworthy, and I consider it an act of duty to bear testimony to these truths.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of PoC of covering letter; entirely in TJ’s hand; undated, with conjectural date based on endorsement of covering letter. Enclosed in TJ to Stack, [26 Mar. 1820].

For the introductory letter from Thomas Cooper, see note to covering letter.

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Charlottesville Academy; and G. E. Stack search
  • classics; education in search
  • Cooper, Thomas; and G. E. Stack search
  • Cooper, Thomas; visits Monticello search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Cooper, Thomas search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Stack, Gerard E.; recommendations of search