Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Reuben B. Hicks, 19 August 1821

To Reuben B. Hicks

Monticello Aug. 19. 21.


In answer to your letter of the 10th I am to state that the buildings necessary for opening the University will all be compleat1 by April next. for their completion the legislature authorised the Literary fund to lend 120,000 D. on the pledge of the annuity of 15,000.D. granted to the University. it would require many years of this annuity to reimburse the debt, until which the institution cannot be opened. but should the legislature consider the money advanced as a grant, & not a loan, it would be opened within one year from that declaration. Accept the assurance of my respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr R. B. Hicks”; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “complat.”

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  • Hicks, Reuben Booth; and nephew’s education search
  • Hicks, Reuben Booth; letter to search
  • 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; General Assembly search