Thomas Jefferson Papers

A. & J. W. Picket to Thomas Jefferson, 10 September 1821

From A. & J. W. Picket

Baltimore, m.d. Sept 10, 1821

Honoured sir,

We address you on a Subject of vital importance; we mean the Subject of Female Education, which in our opinion has not received that attention which its intrinsic value merits.—To benefit, & place it on a more permanent basis, as far as our capabilities will allow, we intend to apply to the Legislature of mary land, at its next session, for means to erect a Female College. The importance of such an Institution is universally seen & felt. It would, if properly conducted, tend greatly to the advantage of Female education, &, perhaps, be a means of bringing into existence in the various states, more of a Similar nature.

Deeming it useless to remark on a Subject, to which you must have given much attention, we close with the request, that you will honour us with your opinion, of Such an establishment, as soon as convenient.

With the highest regard, Yr. Mst Obt Servts

A. & J. W. Picket.

RC (MHi); in an unidentified hand, with closing and signature in a different unidentified hand; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Sept. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Benjamin King, 12 Dec. 1822, on verso; addressed in a third unidentified hand: “To The Honourable Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, Virginia”; stamped; postmarked Baltimore, 10 Sept.

An apparently unsuccessful petition presented to the legislature of mary land on 5 Dec. 1821 by “Albert Picket and others, of the City of Baltimore,” requested permission for a lottery “for the Establishment of a Female Academy” (Votes and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the State of Maryland, at December Session, 1821 [Annapolis, (1822)], 7).

A letter of this date on the same subject was written to James Madison and signed by Albert Picket Sr., John W. Picket, and Albert Picket Jr. A similar letter to John Adams dated Baltimore, 8 Oct. 1821, was signed “A. & J. W. Picket” (Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 2:380–1; MHi: Adams Papers).

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  • Adams, John; correspondence of search
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  • Madison, James (1751–1836); correspondence of search
  • Maryland; and education search
  • Picket, Albert, Jr.; and education of women search
  • Picket, Albert (1771–1850); and education of women search
  • Picket, John W.; and education of women search
  • schools and colleges; for women search
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