Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, 25 February 1822

From Joseph C. Cabell

Richmond 25 Feb: 1822.

Dear Sir,

I am very sorry to inform you that the Resolution of the Committee of Schools & Colleges in favor of a suspension of the Interest of the University debt was this day called up & postponed in the House of Delegates by a vote of 86 to 66. The poor-school or arrearage bill is on the table of the Senate & we shall send them down an amendment. I fear we shall be compelled to vote for a modification going to put off the Library for the present. I am very much opposed to Mr Johnson on this point; but I fear I must give way. I wish I could have your advice on this point, but it will come too late. Never have we had such a set of Goths as we have this year. Mr Watson & Mr Bowyer are gone. It has been utterly out of my power to hasten Mr Morris & others. Mr Watson retires. But you would do well to get his friends in Louisa to open a poll for him. He would be a great loss indeed. He cannot now come unless the people chuse to send him, as he is committed. Could you not get Mr Taylor of Chesterfield to come. I have tried in vain. Six clever men in addition to our present friends would turn the tide. Morris retires also.   Faithfully yours

Joseph C. Cabell

RC (ViU: TJP-PC); endorsed by TJ as received 28 Feb. 1822 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with FC of TJ to Bernard Peyton, 3 July 1824, and Dft of TJ to Peyton, 4 July 1824, on verso; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 25 Feb.

On this day the Virginia House of Delegates considered a report from its Committee of Schools and Colleges. The committee recommended against a proposal to cancel the University of Virginia’s bonds to the state, but it offered a resolution that “it is expedient to postpone the payment of the interest due and growing due, on the bonds of the rector and visitors of the university of Virginia, for a period of   years.” The House effectively killed this proposal by voting to defer its consideration to 31 Mar., well after the session would end (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia description ends [1821–22 sess.], 200).

Index Entries

  • An act to amend the act, entitled, ‘an act to reduce into one act, the several acts concerning the Literary Fund’ (1822) search
  • Bowyer, John (d.1851); as Va. legislator search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; as Va. state senator search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; letters from search
  • education; of the poor search
  • Johnson, Chapman; as Va. state senator search
  • Literary Fund; and education of the poor search
  • Literary Fund; and loans for University of Virginia search
  • Morris, Richard; as Va. legislator search
  • Taylor, Samuel (1781–1853); as Va. legislator search
  • Virginia, University of; Administration and Financial Affairs; funding for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; Rotunda (library) search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search
  • Virginia; House of Delegates search
  • Virginia; Senate of search
  • Watson, David (1773–1830); as Va. legislator search