P. F. Oct. 16. 21
I this moment recieve, and at an occasional residce very distant from Monto your favor of Sep. 20. which with a like delay in the transmission of this answer must acct for your late reciept of [. . .] the buildings for the accomodn of the Professors and students of the Univy will all be ready in the course of this winter. to effect this we borrowed by of the legisl. 120,000. D. pledged for it’s reimbursemt our annuity of 15. M.D. and should the legisl. consider this advance from a fund appropred to educn as fairly appl to & release the University from the oblign to rep it. the instn may open within a year after such a decln. if on the contrary they insist on reimbursemt, the present youths of our country will old men before it is accomplished. you will judge Sir from these circumstances that it is not in my power to inform you when will be opened, and to accept the [. . .] of my great esteem & resp
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.