Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 25 December 1820

To Thomas Mann Randolph

Monticello Dec. 25. 20.


Casting my eye over a printed copy of the late Report of the Visitors of the University, I discovered that the statement of the Bursar’s account for the first half of the year, from Oct. 1819. to Mar. 1820. inclusive, was wanting, and turning to the papers on file, I found I had omitted it in making up the documents for the report. this first part of the statement had been duly rendered by the Bursar to the Visitors at their April meeting, and had been filed among the papers in my possession. the second-half-year from Apr. to Sep. inclusive, was rendered in like manner to the October meeting, and was inclosed with the report, without adverting, at the moment, to the date of it’s commencement, or recollecting the part on file, which should have accompanied it. I now inclose that part for the inspection of the Literary board and of the legislature, with the expression of my regret & apology for this oversight, which I trust will be believed to have been without intention, as without motive. I have the honor to be

with the highest consideration, Sir your most obedt & most hble servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP); on verso of reused address cover of Bernard Peyton to TJ, 21 June 1819; at foot of text: “Govr Randolph”; endorsed by TJ.

Randolph conveyed the enclosed bursar’s account to the Virginia General Assembly in a letter of 29 Dec. 1820 to Linn Banks, Speaker of the House of Delegates, in which Randolph noted that he had received the above item on 28 Dec. 1820 (Vi: RG 79, House of Delegates, Speaker, Executive Communications).

Index Entries

  • Banks, Linn; as speaker of Va. House of Delegates search
  • Garrett, Alexander; as University of Virginia bursar search
  • Literary Fund; University of Virginia Board of Visitors reports to 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); letters to search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; Alexander Garrett’s Account with the University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; annual reports of search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search