Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Wayles Baker to Thomas Jefferson, 8 December 1820

From John Wayles Baker

Columbia Decr 8th 1820

Dear sir

I arrived here on the 10th of Nov. but defer’d writing you until after the examination that I might give you some account of my studies. I have enter’d the Sophomore class in which are read Horaces Satires and Art of Poetry together with Collectanea Græca majora we also study Geography and Huttons mathematics as far as Cubic equations. this comprises the whole of the Sophomore studies. The college consists of two large buildings in which the students lodge, and three other brick houses divided into two tenements each for the accommodation of the Professors, who have fix’d salaries paid by the Legislature. the tuition fees which amount to forty dollars for nine months are appropriated to the repairs of the college &c &c. this institution has been in some confusion for a considerable space of time caused by the death of the late president Dr Maxy. The board of Trustees met on monday last when mr Elliott was elected president and mr Wallace professor of mathematics. it is not yet ascertained whether Wallace will accept the appointment as he was only elected for one year. mr Elliott is in town at this time but will not take his seat for some weeks. Any advice from you respecting my studies or on any other subject would be gratifying to my Father & be consider’d by me as a distinguish’d mark of your favour. Permit me to tender my sincere acknowledgements and unaffected gratitude to you and every individual of your aimiable family for the many friendly attentions I received while an inmate at Monticello—   Yours with sincere esteem & respect.

J W Baker

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 22 Dec. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Monroe, 8 Apr. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello near Charlottesville Virginia”; franked; postmarked Columbia, 9 Dec.

Index Entries

  • Ars Poetica (Horace) search
  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); relationship with son search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); education of search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); letters from search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); visits Monticello search
  • classics; collegiate education in search
  • Dalzel, Andrew; Ἀνάλεκτα Ἑλληνικὰ Μείζονα sive Collectanea Græca Majora search
  • Elliott, Stephen; and South Carolina College search
  • geography; collegiate education in search
  • Horace; Ars Poetica search
  • Horace; Satires search
  • Hutton, Charles; in collegiate curriculum search
  • mathematics; collegiate education in search
  • Maxcy, Jonathan; death of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Baker, John W. search
  • Satires (Horace) search
  • South Carolina; legislature search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); and J. W. Baker search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); curriculum of search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); faculty at search
  • South Carolina College (later University of South Carolina); president of search
  • Wallace, James (d.1851); and South Carolina College search
  • Ἀνάλεκτα Ἑλληνικὰ Μείζονα sive Collectanea Græca Majora (A. Dalzel) search