Mo Apr. 12. 23.
I have to thank you for the copy of the laws of your College, from which I am sure shall recieve aid whenever we [proceed] to form those for our institn if ever that day is to come. our legislre indeed has had better disposns than the preceding one. they agreed to lend us another 60.M.D. on interest also. this will compleat our buildings. but then our annuity of 15.M. will be in sequestm for a debt of 180.M. bearing interest, it cannot redeem during the present generation. in the mean time our doors will be shut up, in the course of our annual elections we be lucky enough to have one who may think the institution worth the remission of the debt. this may or may not be within my time.
I very much rejoiced at the report you sent me of the legislative commee, so acknoleging their obligns for your services. it holds up a hope that priestcraft has not in that body the baleful ascendancy it has else where. here their effort has been to represent ours as an anti-religious institution. we disarmed them however in our last report by inviting the different sects to establish their respective divinity schools on the margin of the grounds of the University, so that their students might attend it’s schools & have the benefit of it’s library, to be entirely independent at the same time, and no ways incorporated with it. one sect, I think, do it, but another, equality, ambitioning nothing less than a soaring ascendancy, will despise our invitation. they are hostile to all educn of which they have not the direction, and foresee that this instn, by enlightening the minds of the people is to dispel the fanaticism which their power is built. this great consummation is for the next generation. I shall not live to see it. that you may is my sincere wish with the assurances of my great frdshp and respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.