Thomas Jefferson Papers

Hugh Nelson to Thomas Jefferson, 10 December 1821

From Hugh Nelson

Washington Decr 10th 21.

Dear Sir,

Your letter of the 5th Instant came to hand in the due course of the Mail—The papers contained in it have been shewn to the delegation from our State, whose support, I make no doubt, will be afforded to the object of the Memorial. I shall consult the Massachusetts Delegation in relation to the plan of the Cambridge College in regard1 to the repeal of the duty on imported Books—and endeavour to promote this object by a harmonious cooperation of the delegations of the two States—I shall apprise you of the Course of business in this Instance as the measure shall progress; and shall be happy to contribute all in my power, to the promotion of the Institution, to the advancement of which you are now devoting, with so much honour and Utility to the State, the disinterested services of one, who has spent his whole2 life in the promotion of the Cause of free Government and of Science—

Accept the assurance of my
respect and consideration

Hugh Nelson

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 17 Dec. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to William Short, 10 Apr. 1824, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jeffrson Esqr Milton Albemarle County Virginia”; franked.

1Manuscript: “regarrd.”

2Word interlined.

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  • Congress, U.S.; Petition of University of Virginia Board of Visitors to United States Congress search
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  • Nelson, Hugh; as U.S. representative from Va. search
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  • taxes; on books search
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