Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Magruder, 8 December 1821

To Thomas Magruder

Monto Dec. 8. 21.


The buildings for the accommodn of the Professors and Students of the University will all be in readiness the ensuing summer. but when it will be opened depends entirely on the pleasure of1 our legislature. the report lately made to them by the Visitors & which will be in the papers within a few days will possess you fully of the present state and prospects of that instn, and by attending to their proceedings you will be able to form a judgmt whether any fixed epoch can be assigned for it’s commencement. if we are enabled to carry into full exn the plan which has been sanctioned by law it will comprehend every useful branch of science

In the mean time should a mere classical school be what you wish for your sons, I do not know a better than that kept in Charlottes. by mr T. Maury, of a family of celebrated teachers from father to son for several generns. I was taught myself by his gr: father upwds of 60. y. ago. tuition is 40.D. a year, and I believe that board in the town is about 125.D. but mr Maury does not teach French now the most important part of educn

with my regrets that I cannot gve you more specific informn2 accept the assurance of my esteem & respect.

Dft (DLC); on address leaf of Magruder to TJ, 26 Nov. 1821.

TJ had attended the school of Charlottesville educator Thomas W. Maury’s gr: father James Maury.

1Preceding three words interlined.

2Manuscript: “infornn.”

Index Entries

  • Charlottesville, Va.; boarding costs in search
  • education; classical search
  • education; of TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; education search
  • Magruder, Thomas; and sons’ education search
  • Magruder, Thomas; letters to search
  • Maury, James (1717–69); and TJ’s education search
  • Maury, Thomas Walker; Albemarle Co. school of search
  • Maury, Thomas Walker; family of search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; annual reports of search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opening of search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; proposed curriculum search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search