Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, 8 February 1821

From Joseph C. Cabell

Richmond Feb: 8. 1821.

Dear Sir,

I have received your letter of 31st ult. and return you many thanks for the kind & friendly expressions it contains. It is not in my nature to resist such an appeal. I this day handed into the office of the Enquirer a notification that I should again be a candidate. We will pass on to matters of more importance. I have shewn your letter to Genl Breckenridge & Mr Johnson, who seemed (& particularly the former) to be as much affected by it, as myself. We are all in confusion here about the accounts of the Literary Fund. The statements of our public officers differ, and there seems to be no surplus on hand, altho the auditor says there should be $101,000. The opposite party secretly exult at this state of things, altho’ they pretend to be much disappointed. Our plan of a second loan may yet succeed, if the House should not get disgusted by the confusion of the public accounts, & reject every thing. Your letter has kindled great zeal in Genl Breckenridge. Yesterday Genl Blackburn in discussing Selden’s Resolutions, spoke of the University as “a great institution highly deserving our patronage.” We have great difficulties to contend with. Your name & Hand writing have great effect here. Let me entreat you with the freedom of a friend, immediately to write to Genl Breckenridge a letter on the subject of the University, such as may be shewn generally, shewing no preferences, & making no imputations. He wishes it, & will make powerful use of it. You may rely on our discretion. I write you with his privity & at his instance. Ever & faithfully yours

Joseph C. Cabell

RC (ViU: TJP-PC); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Feb. 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

The Richmond Enquirer announced on 10 Feb. 1821 that Cabell would be a candidate for reelection to the Senate of Virginia.

selden’s resolutions, which William Selden presented to the Virginia House of Delegates on 9 Jan. 1821 in anticipation of the United States Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Cohens v. Virginia, resolved “That the supreme court of the United States have no rightful authority under the constitution, to examine and correct the judgment for which the Commonwealth of Virginia has been ‘cited and admonished to be and appear at the supreme court of the United States:’ and that the General Assembly do hereby enter their most solemn protest against the jurisdiction of that court over the matter” (Report and Resolutions concerning the Citation of the Commonwealth. to answer a complaint before the Supreme Court of the United States [Richmond, 1821], quote on p. 24; JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia description ends [1820–21 sess.], 102–8).

Index Entries

  • Blackburn, Samuel; as Va. legislator search
  • Breckinridge (Breckenridge), James; as Va. legislator search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and funding for University of Virginia search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; as Va. state senator search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; letters from search
  • Heath, James Ewell; as Va. auditor of public accounts search
  • Johnson, Chapman; as Va. state senator search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Literary Fund; funds of search
  • Richmond Enquirer (newspaper); and political candidacies search
  • Selden, William; as Va. legislator search
  • Supreme Court, U.S.; andCohens v. Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • Virginia; House of Delegates search
  • Virginia; Senate of search