Monto Apr. 7.
I give you many thanks for your German catalogue, which is exactly such as I wished, that is to say, a collection only of their best books.
Our Univty opened under considerable discoragemts. we began about 30 or 40. are at this time 64 and to come in, . at the summer vacation of the other schools will become disengaged, and bring us a considble accession. our accomodns at the Univty can recieve 218. & Charlsvlle may board 100 beyond this w cannot until further accomodns are provided.
Our Professors from England equal my expectns. of a high order of science in their respective lines, eager to advance their schools, of correct habits, meeting difficulties with chearfulness, and pleased with their accomodns and prospects. the professors of the Classical & Mathematical schools are from Cambridge, the Nat. philosopher is mr Bonnycastle, son of the Mathematician of that name well known in our schools, the Medical Professor is of the Edinbg school, and the one of modern languages, Dr Blaettermann you know. is something upwds of 40. y. of age, the others a little under or over 30. our Students come in genrl most wretchedly prepared . to this we shall be obliged to submit for a year or two. for the schools of Math. they come prepared with numerical Arithmetic ; which not being sfft for entering on a course of Nat. phil. of a proper character, that school can commence this year but with such books a Cavallo’s Nat. philos. the next year our Math. Students will be entering that school qualified to understand such books an Hanÿ & Biot, when the course of the school will assume a higher line of instrn. our Medical school is totally unprovided, and this year will be nothing. but the last donn of our legislature us provide a full library but a compleat apparatus for all the schools. we are now building our Anatomical theatre, and our next term [. . .] commencing Feb. 1. of the next year, our Medical school will begin on a competent scale. it’s Professor is certainly very learned and able. our plan of permitting every student to enter into what schools he pleases, and such only as are are adapted to the profession for which he is destined, appear so far to have given the satisfaction. it is pleasing to see how they distribute themselves among the schools, every one according to his purse & his prospects most of them enter 2. only, some 3. and a few only 1. form a board and a more particular acquaintance with the characters of the youths before they select from among them the board of Censors. our system of boarding houses and dormitories promises well, relieve from all complaints as to their dieting: how the whole machine is to work, when in full motion one months trial does not enable us to foresee. doubtless like all new machines it will indicate improvements in it’s course.
The visit with which mrs Ticknor and yourself favored us, placed the debt all on our side. The gratification we recieved from it is recurred to and felt always & [. . .] and as we are ever unwilling to give up what we wish, we do not permit ourselves to despair of it’s renewal under circumstances we cannot now foresee but which the chances of life may some day greet us. mr Webster annually within striking distance will the possibility of such an excursion. the family joins me in friendly reminiscences to mrs Tichnor and yourself and I add the assurances of my special esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.