Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John H. Rice, 29 December 1820

To John H. Rice

Monticello Dec. 29. 20


I recieved yesterday by the hands of Dr Carr your favor of Oct. 30. with a copy of the new edition of Smith’s history of Virginia which you are so kind as to present to the University of Virginia. in behalf of that in[sti]tution I return you thanks for the donation and also for the friendly interest you are pleased to express for it’s success. the want of such an establishment, in our quarter of the Union, has been long felt and regretted, and it’s consequences are but too sensibly seen. parents especially have lamented it, who know the efficacy of sound and useful education towards forming the morals, the characters & habits of youth. should the legislature view in the same light the importance of this institution to the character and prosperity of our state, and aid it accordingly, I hope it will be so constituted and conducted as to merit the continuation of your friendly dispositions towards [it.?] Accept, I pray you, my thanks for the kind wishes you are so good as to express towards myself, and the assurance of my high respect & esteem.

Th: Jeff[ers]on

PoC (ViW: TC-JP); on verso of reused address cover of Jeremiah Greenleaf to TJ, 23 June 1819; mutilated, edge trimmed, and signature faint; at foot of text: “The revd John H. Rice”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • books; on history search
  • Carr, Frank; and package for TJ search
  • Rice, John Holt; and establishment of University of Virginia search
  • Rice, John Holt; letter to search
  • Rice, John Holt; sends work to University of Virginia search
  • Smith, John (ca.1580–1631); The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captaine Iohn Smith, in Europe, Asia, Africke, and America search
  • The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captaine Iohn Smith, in Europe, Asia, Africke, and America (J. Smith) search
  • Virginia, University of; Books and Library; books and manuscripts for search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia; and education search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search