Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to D. Mariano, 28 December 1820

To D. Mariano

Monticello Dec. 28. 20.


Your favor of Aug. 7. 19. was recieved in due time and answered by mine of Sep. 10. 19. that of Nov. 26. of the present year came during a long absence from home which must apologise for the date of this. when our University will be opened, and what will be the emoluments of the Professorships are entirely undecided. on the latter subject the Visitors have come to no determination, & the time of opening will depend entirely on the further1 aids the legislature may give. if none, the buildings will be shut up several years until the present funds shall have redeemed the debt contracted in erecting them.

I am sorry that in this state of uncertainty it is not in my power to answer the enquiries of your letter and with my regrets I must pray you to accept the assurance of my great respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP); on verso of reused address cover of Arthur S. Brockenbrough to TJ, 1 July 1819; at foot of text: “D. Mariano”; endorsed by TJ.

1Word interlined.

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  • Mariano, P. D.; letters to search
  • Mariano, P. D.; seeks position at University of Virginia search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and faculty compensation search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opening of search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; faculty applicants search
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