Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Kelly, 16 August 1808

Charlottesville 16th. Augt. 1808—

Dear Sir/

We have opened a Subscription in this place to Support a Presbyterian Clergyman for his Service in Preaching and propagating the Gospel among us; we are not at this time fixed upon any particular man for this purpose. we wish a young man that is fully calculated to teach the different Languages, whose business it will also be to commence a School for the utility of this neighbourhood—and as you have always approved of these advantages, I am fully persuaded that you will not withhold your assistance, if you will say what that will be I will take the liberty of Subscribing your name to the paper. also mention the thing to Colo. Randolph and I will use the same liberty with his name,

with wishes for yr. happiness I am yrs. with esteem—

John Kelly

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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