Monticello Mar. 6. 25.
The board of Visitors at their session of the 4th instant continued to the 5th proceeding to the appmt of a Professor for the school of law in the University of Virga, gave their suffrages unanimously for offering that to you. in the course of the day a letter was brought from the P.O. addressed to mr Johnson, who was not present but had desired mr Loyall to open it. they were grieved to learn from that your disinclination to accept the appmt. retiring however from an object so much desired, and unwilling to relinquish the hope that on a reconsidn you might perhaps still accede to their wishes they not change their vote, possibility that on a review of the subject you in the reiteration of their unanimous wishes and in other circumstances find reasons to change your first determination . with my request of an answer at your earliest convenience and the expression of my own wishes that it may meet those of the board, be pleased to accept the assurance of my high respect & esteem.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.