Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John A. Wharton, 13 May 1821

To John A. Wharton

Monticello May 13. 21.

Your favor of Apr. 25. came to hand last night: but it is not in my power to answer it’s enquiries. the legislature [at] it’s last session permitted the University to borrow 60.M. Dol. as it had a like sum before, pledging it’s annuity of 15.M.D. for repayment. the necessary buildings will be finished this winter, but if it is left to the University to pay the debt, it cannot be opened for many years. if the legislature should at any time remit the debt and liberate our funds, we may open the institution within a year from the date of the remission. Accept the assurance of my respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Newton to TJ, 16 Sept. 1820; portions of text along left margin rewritten by TJ due to polygraph misalignment; one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr W. Wharton”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Literary Fund; and annuity for University of Virginia search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opening of search
  • Virginia, University of; Students; prospective students search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • Wharton, John Austin; letter to search
  • Wharton, John Austin; seeks information on University of Virginia search