Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 14 January 1822

To Joseph C. Cabell

Monticello Jan. 14. 22.

Dear Sir

I have duly recieved your two favors of the 3d & 7th and in them the1 proof of your continued zeal for the object of our joint labors. of the course most prudently to be pursued mr Johnson & yourself are best judges. you alone are in a situation to know the state of the pulse of the body on which our institution depends for life or death; and to you I leave it entirely. silence and resignation2 have sometimes3 greater effect than importunity. the obtaining a relinquishment of the debt at this time is not material;4 for we could not open the institution while our funds would be employed in building the library. with time perhaps5 the public opinion may become more and more reconciled to it. the only thing of real importance at present is a suspension of the payment of interest for 4. or 5. years. we could then be going on with the Library, and the cancelment of the whole within that term would be in good enough time. but, in all this, do what yourself & your Colleague shall6 think most practicable and desirable.

Affectly yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “Joseph C. Cabell esq. of the Senate of Virginia now in Richmond”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 19 Jan.; endorsed by Cabell as answered 21 Jan. 1822; with unrelated calculation in an unidentified hand on address leaf. Dft (ViU: TJP-PC); on verso of RC of Cabell to TJ, 7 Jan. 1822; unsigned.

1Preceding four words interlined in Dft in place of “they furnish sfft.”

2In Dft TJ here canceled “may perhaps.”

3Word interlined in Dft.

4Remainder of sentence interlined in Dft.

5Word interlined in Dft.

6RC: “shal.” Dft: “shall.”

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