Washington May 24. 07.
Reflecting on the subject on which you consulted me, I really believe it will be necessary to place the institution proposed and it’s funds substantially under the power of the legislature. it is to come into being only on their furnishing an equal quota, and they will certainly place their own quota under such direction as they think best, & it will be better that the whole should be under the same direction, or they might not draw together.
I understood, either from yourself or some other that you meant that Barry should do your painting when he goes to finish mine. he cannot begin on mine till October; in the mean time he thinks it possible he may have an interval free from engagement between July & October. would that time suit you? it will be a more favorable season than the dead of winter. I inclose you a letter from him. we had strawberries yesterday. when had you them? no peas here yet. I salute you with friendship & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.