Thomas Jefferson Papers

Augustus B. Woodward to Thomas Jefferson, 5 January 1822

From Augustus B. Woodward

City of Detroit, Jan. 5. 1822.


The Reverend Cave Jones, of the City of New-York, has recently manifested to me, a willingness to accept a respectable situation in the new central University; should the stations not already be filled.

Dr Jones is a respectable clergyman of New-York, of the Episcopalian persuasion, and of profound erudition. Lamented dissensions have induced him to turn his views, a second time, to Virginia. I firmly believe he would be an acquisition to any literary institution.—Having just time to mention the subject, by the present mail, will serve, I trust, as an apology for my not entering into any further details.

Accept, Sir, the assurances of my permanent respect, attachment, and esteem.

A. B. Woodward.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 20 Feb. 1822, but recorded in SJL (with additional bracketed notation: “revd Cave Jones”) as received a day earlier. RC (DLC); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to John Quincy Adams, 18 July 1824, on verso; addressed: “The Hon. Thomas Jefferson. Monticello. Near Milton, Albemarle Co. Virginia” by “Mail”; stamped; postmarked Detroit, 5 Jan.

Cave Jones (1769–1829), Episcopal minister and chaplain, was born in New York City and graduated from Columbia College (later Columbia University) in 1791. By 1793 he had moved to Accomack County, where he was an Episcopal minister until 1801. Jones returned to New York City as an assistant minister at Trinity Church, 1801–11. He was a chaplain in the United States Army, 1816–18, briefly professor of geography, history, and ethics at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the latter year, and a chaplain at the United States Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn from 1823 until his death. In 1825 Jones manumitted two of his slaves in Virginia under the auspices of the American Colonization Society, and at least one of them went to Liberia the following year. Jones died in Brooklyn (Sprague, American Pulpit description begins William B. Sprague, Annals of the American Pulpit, 1857–69, 9 vols. description ends , 5:264; Thomas, Columbia University Officers and Alumni description begins Milton Halsey Thomas, Columbia University Officers and Alumni, 1754–1857, 1936 description ends , 113; [Francis L. Hawks], A Narrative of Events connected with the Rise and Progress of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Virginia [1836], appendix, pp. 55, 65, 67, 72; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 3:51, 137, 384, 389 [29 Apr. 1816, 17 Apr. 1818, 22, 26 May 1824]; Edward C. Boynton, History of West Point [1864], 219–20, 314; Christian Herald 10 [1823]: 379; Callahan, U.S. Navy description begins Edward W. Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900, 1901, repr. 1969 description ends , 300; Richmond Enquirer, 30 Sept. 1825, 21 Feb. 1826; New-York Evening Post, 30 Jan., 3 Feb. 1829).

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