Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Robert Taylor, 30 September 1821

To Robert Taylor

Monticello Sep. 30. 21.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Aug. 20. was recieved in due time, and I have delayed it’s acknolegement until I could furnish you with a statement of the affairs of the University which was compleated only two days ago. I have inclosed a copy of1 it to our Colleagues with an explanatory letter of which a copy accompanies this.   you recieved from me some time ago a proposition to postpone our next meeting to 3. days before that of our legislature. this having been approved by all the other visitors, will I hope have removed the cause [offered?] for your withdrawing from us. and that you will change your mind on that subject. the Govr has held up your lre of resignation without communicating it to the council until I could write to you and ask a reconsideration. it is of great consequence that there should be no change in the councils of the University until it is compleated, that those who began should go through with it. every change in it’s directors2 endangers vacillation and change of3 plan. I earnestly hope and intreat therefore that you will continue with us until the work is compleated. your letter will in the mean time be considered as if never written, and we shall hope the pleasure of meeting you in November. I salute you with4 assurances of affectionate esteem & respect.

Dft (DLC); one word illegible; on verso of RC of Taylor to TJ, 20 Aug. 1821. Enclosures: TJ to University of Virginia Board of Visitors, 30 Sept. 1821, and enclosure.

1Preceding three words interlined.

2Word interlined in place of “counsellors.”

3Preceding three words interlined in place of “in the.”

4Preceding four words interlined in place of “Accept.”

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