Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Fairfax, 16 October 1821

To Thomas Fairfax

P. F. Oct. 16. 21.

I this moment recieve, and at an occasional resdce very distant from Monto your favor of Sep. 20. which with a like delay in the transmission of this answer must acct for your late reciept of it.1 the buildings for the accomodn of the Professors and students of the Univy will all be ready in the course of this winter. to effect this we borrowed by authority2 of the legisl. 120,000.D. from the literary fund3 pledging for it’s reimbursemt our annuity of 15.M.D. a year charged on that fund.4 should the legisl. at any time5 consider this advance from a fund approprd to educn as fairly applicable to the erection of the Univty6 & release the University from the oblign to replace7 it. the instn may open within a yr. after such a decln. if on the contrary they insist on reimbursemt, the present youths of our country will be old men before it is accomplished. you will judge Sir from these circumstances that it is not in my power to inform you when the instn will be opened, and do me the favor8 to accept with my regrets9 the assurce of my great esteem & resp.

Dft (DLC); on verso of RC of Fairfax to TJ, 20 Sept. 1821.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

2Word interlined in place of “permission.”

3Preceding four words interlined.

4Preceding four words interlined.

5Preceding three words interlined in place of “think.”

6Preceding five words interlined in place of “that purpose.”

7Reworked from “repay.”

8Preceding four words interlined in place of “be pleased.”

9Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Fairfax, Thomas (1762–1846); and sons’ education search
  • Fairfax, Thomas (1762–1846); letter to search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opening of search