Monticello May 30. 26.
On mention being made to me. of the contribution of 5. D required from the Students of Chemistry it occurred at once that this must be for an article for which the Visitors had made other provision, of which you had had no information, no circumstance had occurd to produce the mention of it to you. I send you extracts from the journals by which you will that they had determined that the instution should bear the expence of the articles consumed in a course of lectures, and that the tuition fee from any or all the branches constituting the department of the Professor; and our advertsmt in the public papers also gave this assurance. I meant to have rode to the university, other business and at the same time to explain’d this to you but the varying state of my health has prevented it. any articles therefore which you find necessary for experiments, particularly those quae in ipso usu consumunter we you only to take the trouble of specifying & procuring and the Proctor will be instructed to pay for them. this differs from what you had thought of only in our paying instead of the Student accept assurances of my affectionate respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.