Monto June 26. 24.
I have duly recieved your favor of the 20th recommending mr Constant to a in our University. the best answer I can give will be a statement of facts. our Visitors, at their meeting in April last, finding that our preparations were sfftly matured to fix a day certain for the opening of the instn, proceeded to consider the subject of Professors. their duty to provide for their country the highest degree of instruction which could be obtained they laid down as principles that between a native and foreign competitor equal qualificns they would give a decided preference to the native, but that they would not prefer a native of 2d grade to a foreigner of the 1st. they were sensible that of the 1st grade unemployed in other seminaries, could not be obtained and consequently that resort must be had to Europe, and of preference to the British islands as speaking our language. that it would be necessary to send a special agent for their selection, and that it would therefore be to take the chance of that market of science he could obtain better there than at home. he is now there engaged in his researches for characters , but his success will not be known till autumn, nor will any meeting of our visitors ( some of them in the extremities of the state) be held until that season. consequently all proceedings on subject are suspended . I inclose you a printed notice, in which you will find the titles of our schools. with such other as might be interesting to those contemplate an attendance on the University, our system of buildings is handsome, commodious, of a varied and chaste of architecture not equalled I think by any establishment in the US. you know the salubrity of the country, it’s general face and fertility and I wish you could be tempted to revisit it since this improvement. you would find at Monticello a hearty welcome, and I should take a pleasure in my Adieu to the world. not relinquishing hope , I add assurances of my constant esteem and great respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.