Richmond Febry 1st 1819.
My Dear Sir
Mr. Francis Gilmer has informed me that he had taken the liberty of mentioning Dr George Watson of this place to you as a candidate for the Professorship of anatomy in the university of Pensylvania. Should you feel disposed to aid Dr Watson’s views I have enclosed you a list of the Trustees of that university. From my long acquaintance with Dr Watson & his family and from the high Character he has always maintained as a gentleman a man of Talents and an anatomist I feel some solicitude for his success. For further information touching the Doctors qualifications for the office to which he aspires. I beg leave to refer you to Col. Randolph who is well acquainted with him. If upon that enquiry you should be disposed to aid him, a line from you to some of the Trustees, best calculated to promote his election would be acceptable. I congratulate you upon the success of the university Bill. I think the Legislature might be induced to make a further appropriation towards the conpletion & endowment of it. some part of the money appropriated to the primary schools might be more usefully employed in the attainment of that object. Genl Boyer has mentioned mr Cosby in high terms as a mechanic. I have taken the liberty of enclosing his letter to you. The friends of the university found it necessary to conciliate the friends of the Primary Schools by appropriating twenty thousand dollars to them, which would be much better employed in the erection & completion of the Buildings of the university.—I am very anxious to be in Albemarle by the middle of not to return. I expect we shall be able to get thro’ the Revised Bills by the first of March—with best wishes for your health & happiness I remain
ViU: Thomas Jefferson Papers (text formerly in Carr-Cary Papers).