Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Wilson Cary Nicholas, 25 January 1819

Richmond Jany 25. 1819

My Dear Sir

You have heard I know that your college is made the University of Virginia. I call it your, as you are its real founder, its commencement can only be ascribed to you. to your exertions & influence its being adopted can only the attributed. The object was always dear to me it is doubly so, as it is now so compleatly identified with your fame. The sum given is too small but it will be increased I have no doubt from time to time. perhaps it is as well to begin upon a small scale. It will be easier to get four competent professors than ten; & there may be a facility in governing a few that wou’d not be found if the number of young men shou’d be very large at first. The only difficulties I apprehend are in procuring good teachers & in governing the young men, both I fear will be very difficult in this country. It is indispensible that the masters shou’d be gentn & command the respect of these they are to instruct & govern. Men of that description who are qualified are not to be had of our own growth, & are not often imported; but these are things you understand much better than I do. I hope your health & strength are perfectly restored. Be pleased to endorse the enclosed & return them to me by the first mail.

I am Dear Sir most respectfully

W. C. Nicholas

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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