Monto Apr. 29. 25.
Your favor of Oct. 10. came to hand in December, and was soon followed by the rect of the handsome donn of books with which you have been so kind as to present the Univty of your native state. they in good , well chosen, well bound and truly acceptable, for until they arrived with those purchased by mr Gilmer we had a book. I am instructed by the board of Visitors on behalf of the instn under their govmt for this seasonable and liberal , in which no member concurs more than myself. the notice I have caused to be of it in the public papers, while it bears witness to your affections to your country, will suggest an example which it is hoped will be followed by good citizens.
The 3. Professors who embarked in Lond. Oct.17. did not arrive at Norfolk till Feb.9. the opening of the University was awaiting their arrival, and on their joining their colleagues here it was put into immediate opern. from Engld give us the most perfect satisfn, and with those appd among ourselves constitute a mass of science surpassed by nothing in the US. their eminence and the broad scale & liberal of our with other local circumstances of great advge, encourage us to expect in a few years the condn, reputn & prosperity of our state. it has been opened as yet but 6. or 7. weeks, and has already between 70. & 80. students, and others coming in almost daily.
Mr Long our Classical Professor the bearer of this makes a short but necessary visit to Engld I have taken the liberty of requesting him to call on you and give you a more detailed acct of our progress and prospects. he is very able in his line, of great correctness of character & worth, is quite a favorite here and will merit any kind attentions you may be pleased to shew him. awaiting the advge of such a conveyance has been the occn of my delaying till now the acknolegemts of our board with which be pleased to accept the assurce of my great personal esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.