Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 8 October 1820

To Thomas Mann Randolph

Monticello Oct. 8. 20.

Dear Sir

Yours of the 5th was recieved yesterday, and having carefully perused the Report of Feb. 14. 20. and the other papers, I now return them according to your request. I have marked with a pencil in the 4th page of the Report two items which, if I understand them, may I hope be disposable in favor of the University, to wit,

Amount of arrears to schools not drawn in 1818. 40,632.20
Surplus disposable revenue for 1820. 43,230

Mr Garrett called on me yesterday to inform me that the 40,000 D. of the preceding loan are exhausted, and demands now pressing hardly on him: and requesting that I would sollicit from your board an immediate attention to the supplementory loan of 20,000.D   I must therefore ask the favor of you to consider the letter of Sep. 16. as meant to urge the attention of the board to this sollicitation. if mr Munford will be so good as to send me a bond prepared for execution, I will immediately sign, seal & return it, and give to mr Garrett the authorities necessary to avail himself of it. it may be directed to me at this place, unless you should have heard of my departure for Bedford, in which case it may go to Lynchburg direct.

Mr Nicholas is still at Tufton and much worse. Doctors Watkins and Kain are now in consultation on him. all here are well, and we hope to set out for Poplar Forest about the 16th or 17th   James, I think, is losing precious time which can never be recovered. your necessary absences rendering your close attention to him and the other boys impossible, I wish you would consign to me the cost and care of their education. I will send them to any schools you shall prefer, and direct any course you may desire. and I will guard them from idle intervals, during which they are not merely stationary but retrograde in their acquirements. at present I know no better disposition of James and Ben than with Carr at George Gilmer’s; and if I could have your permission I would place James there before I go to Bedford. it would be a great comfort to have them qualified to get their livings under whatever misfortunes may befall them in life. but all this I leave to you with the assurances of my affectionate attachment and respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); addressed: “His Excellency Governor Randolph Richmond”; franked; postmarked Milton, 10 Oct.; endorsed by Randolph as received 12 Oct. 1820. PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Report of the President and Directors of the Literary Fund, 14 Feb. 1820 (printed in JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia description ends [1819–20 sess.], 182–4). Other enclosures not found.

Randolph’s letter to TJ of the 5th, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 7 Oct. 1820 from Richmond.

Despite the efforts of doctors Thomas G. Watkins and Andrew Kean (kain), Wilson Cary Nicholas died at Tufton two days later, on 10 Oct. 1820 (Richmond Compiler and Richmond Enquirer, both 17 Oct. 1820). Elizabeth Trist informed her grandson Nicholas P. Trist from Farmington on 1 Nov. 1820 that Nicholas’s death had been “a very unexpected event to the family tho they had every reason to expect that he wou’d not live many months he expired setting in his chair just after he got up and dress’d in the morning he died without a struggle or a groan, at Jefferson Randolphs and was buried at Monticello I am told that Jefferson R was extremely effected at his funeral” (RC in NcU: NPT).

Index Entries

  • Carr, Mr. (educator) search
  • furniture; chairs search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Gilmer, George (d.1836); school at home of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Kean, Andrew; as physician search
  • Literary Fund; and annuity for University of Virginia search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Literary Fund; reports of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); burials at search
  • Munford, William; clerk of Va. Literary Fund search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); death of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); health of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Randolph, Benjamin Franklin (TJ’s grandson); education of search
  • Randolph, James Madison (TJ’s grandson); education of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and W. C. Nicholas’s death search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); as Literary Fund president search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); children of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); letters from accounted for search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); letters to search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Watkins, Thomas G.; as physician search