Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Bernard Peyton, 21 February 1826

Richd 21 Feby 1826

My Dear Sir,

It affords me heart felt pleasure to inform you that your bill has passed the Senate, and is now a law of the Land—It was recd in that body yesterday morning, read three times, (the rule of the House being suspended for the purpose) & passed forthwith, only four voting in the negative, (viz.) Ruffin, McCarty, Morgan & Armisted.I hope it will afford you the most ample relief from your embarrassments, & prolong your life in ease & perfect happiness for many years to come.

How is poor Gilmer? I fear it will not be possible for him to deliver a course of lectures at the University this session, & if not, the institution must suffer materially, which I much regret, feeling towards it as I do.Who could you get to fill the place in case of a vacancy?—I very much fear no one who is qualified, unless the salary be enlarged, & would it not be money well laid out to extend it even to $3,000, to ensure a first rate man?, this seems to be the universal impression here amongst the friends of the University, you however understand these matters a great deal better than we do.

With sincere regard Dr Sir
Yours very Truly

Bernard Peyton


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