Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Taylor, 25 September 1821

To Samuel Taylor

Monticello Sep. 25. 21.


I duly recieved your favor of the 15th but have it not in my power to inform you when the University will be opened. all the buildings for the accomodation of the Professors & Students will be ready the ensuing winter. but in order to effect this the legislature authorised the literary board to advance from that fund 120,000.D. on the hypothecation of our annuity for it’s reimbursement. this would require 16. or 17. years to effect, during which the buildings must be locked up. but if they should consider that, not as a loan, but a proper appropriation of so much of1 the literary fund the institution may be opened soon after such a declaration. you will observe then that the epoch of opening it depends on the legislature, who I have no doubt will do what is best for the public. Accept the assurance of my great esteem.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “Mr Samuel Taylor near Battle-town Jefferson county Virginia”; franked; postmarked Milton, 29 Sept. PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Stephen Cathalan to John Quincy Adams; endorsed by TJ.

TJ received Taylor’s undated favor on 15 Sept. 1821, but it is printed above at 4 Sept. 1821, the date of its postmark.

1Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Literary Fund; and annuity for University of Virginia search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Taylor, Samuel (1775–1857); and son’s education search
  • Taylor, Samuel (1775–1857); letter to 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