Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Monroe to Thomas Jefferson, 30 April 1821

From James Monroe

Washington April 30th 1821.

Dear Sir

The whole amount of claims of the state of Virga, against the U States, which has been presented, is not more than 50.000 dolrs, of which 11.000 have been suspended a long time, for the want of satisfactory explanation, which it is apprehended cannot be given. The residue of the claims, that is, of the claims exceeding that sum, have been presented by the agent of the State, Mr C. Selden, since the receit of your letter, and of these, 30.000. dolrs may be paid as soon as the Treasurer of the State gives to any person the requisite authority, of which the agent has been inform’d. The account of all the claims will be audited & closed, as soon as possible, & the balance if any paid without delay. This view furnishes a result different I fear from what you had expected, but will I hope produce no unfavorable effect on the university, the early commencment of whose duties, is so important to the State & indeed to our system of government. Nothing interesting has occurrd here, or intelligence of that kind been recievd from Europe since my last letter to you. with

great respect & regard dear sir yours

James Monroe

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 7 May 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Alexander Garrett, 31 May 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Washington, 30 Apr.

Jerman Baker was the Virginia state treasurer.

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); as treasurer of Va. search
  • Literary Fund; and U.S. debt to Va. search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and University of Virginia search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); letters from search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); presidency of search
  • Selden, Cary; as Va. claims agent search
  • United States; debt to Va. search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opinions on search