Thomas Jefferson Papers

Hutchins G. Burton to Thomas Jefferson, 8 November 1821

From Hutchins G. Burton

Halifax November 8th AD 1821

Dr Sir

I should have acknowledged the Receipt of your esteemed favor before this time—but I have Just returned from a Journey to the Southern part of this State—The Governor as President of the Board of Trustees of our University, has given Notice for a general meeting on the 28th of this month, for the purpose of taking under their consideration the subject of your letter—It is certainly a matter in which every friend of Learning must feel a deep Interest—And to you many thanks are due for placing the Subject in its proper point of view—I have never yet heard whither you have received any Scurpernong wine—it appears that a strange fatality has attended all my endeavours to send some to you—the first barrel which I thought the best I had ever tasted Mr Wm R Johnston delivered to a Boatman to convey to Richmond and which was never after heard of—the second was sent by a Coasting vessel and as I understand the Supply of water on board failed, and the greater part was drank—the third I have not heard from but hope no accident has happened—I have no Knowledge of its quality but had every assurance from a Respectable man1 that it was good—I have nothing worthy of remark

I am with the highest Respect & Esteem Yours

H G Burton

RC (MHi); with Dft of TJ to Burton, 23 Nov. 1821, at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Nov. 1821 and so recorded (mistakenly dated 1 Nov.) in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with FC of TJ to Samuel Crawford, 3 Mar. 1823, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; stamped; postmarked Halifax, N.C., 10 Nov.

On 22 Nov. 1821 North Carolina governor Jesse Franklin presided over a meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees at which it considered TJ’s circular letter of 28 Sept. 1821 to Burton, Thomas Cooper, and Samuel Brown. The trustees resolved to form a committee to draft a memorial to Congress “praying a repeal of So much of the Several acts of Congress as lay a duty on the importation of Books, printed in foreign Countries So far as respects all Books of Science, And all other Books in other than the English language.” The committee was also expected to compose a letter to North Carolina’s congressional delegation requesting its support on the issue (NcU: Trustees Minutes, University of North Carolina).

1Preceding three words interlined.

Index Entries

  • books; tariffs on search
  • Brown, Samuel; and tariffs on books search
  • Burton, Hutchins Gordon; and scuppernong wine search
  • Burton, Hutchins Gordon; and tariffs on books search
  • Burton, Hutchins Gordon; letters from search
  • Congress, U.S.; and tariffs search
  • Congress, U.S.; petitions to search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and tariffs on books search
  • Franklin, Jesse; as governor of N.C. search
  • Johnston, William R.; and wine for TJ search
  • North Carolina, University of; and tariffs on books search
  • schools and colleges; University of North Carolina search
  • scuppernong (wine) search
  • taxes; on books search
  • wine; scuppernong search