Monticello May 16. 24.
your favor of the 11th is just recieved. our University will be opened on the 1st day of February next. the qualifications for reception in the schools of Mathematics & Nat. Philosophy will be a good acquaintance with numerical arithmetic as far as Fractions & extractions of the roots, and in the classical school to be able to read the higher authors, paying attention to prosody & quantity, and if they enter for Greek also they must be able to read Thucydides, Homer & authors of that degree of difficulty. for the other schools no qualificn, but the age of 16 years required in all cases.
I shall recieve with great respect whatever comes from mr Sampson. the pamphlet you mention has got separated from your letter, but will come with safety, and permit me here to anticipate it’s reception by returning now my thanks for it; but to decline giving any opinion on it’s subject. I am extremely unwilling to be placed before the public altho’ sometimes so placed by a publicn of my letters unauthorised and properly. I arrogate no right of giving opns to the public, desire above all things to withdraw from all obsevn and to consign myself to the tranquility which my age requires. be pleased to accept my respectful salutns
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.