Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 8 April 1821

To James Monroe

Monticello Apr. 8. 21.

Dear Sir

Our University asks a kind attention from you. you doubtless know that our legislature constituted the debt due to them from the US. into a Literary fund, for the purposes of education, & that on this fund the University is established, and dependant. at their late session they authorised the Literary board to advance to the University 60,000.D. of the monies still to be recieved from the US.   I am told that the liquidation of that account has proceeded so far as to shew that that amount may be safely paid as admitted to be due. our request is for as speedy a payment of that sum to our Literary board as circumstances and forms admit. we are now at the end of our building funds, and unless we can recieve this money very speedily, we must discharge all our workmen, who having come from different parts of the Union, could not be re-assembled this season. that sum exactly enables us to compleat the whole of the buildings. it is therefore to expedite only what is in itself just that we ask your friendly attention to this important interest of our institution to whom a delay would be as ruinous as a denial. Accept the assurance of my constant affection and consideration.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NjMoHP: Lloyd W. Smith Collection); addressed: “James Monroe President of the US. Washington”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 10 Apr.; endorsed by Monroe. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Wayles Baker to TJ, 8 Dec. 1820; torn at seal; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • education; in Va. search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Literary Fund; and U.S. debt to Va. search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and University of Virginia search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); letters to search
  • United States; debt to Va. search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; wages for workmen search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search