Item Details

Thomas Jefferson Letter to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge [manuscript] 1825 November 14.

Jefferson, Thomas
Format
Manuscript/Archive; Online
Published
University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, VA
Language
English
Related Resources
GUIDE TO THE COLLECTION AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Access Restriction
Researchers must use microfilm of this manuscript unless permission to use original has been granted by senior Special Collections staff.
Summary
Jefferson reports on the aftermath of a student riot at the University of Virginia. He has heard of the loss of her baggage at sea, particularly the writing desk made for her by John Hemings and the latter's despondency over the loss as his eyesight had failed too much to make another, noting "Virgil could not have been more afflicted had his Aeneid fallen a prey to the flames." In its stead he is sending the desk on which he wrote the Declaration.
Jefferson also asks Ellen to give Mr. Willard the commission for the University clock as Benjamin Waterhouse has recommended him, reports on a land purchase and difficulties caused by a tariff on marble for the Rotunda portico, asks her husband to act as agent in the purchase of fish and brandy and requests that she read the University parts of the letter to George Ticknor.
With the letter is a colored print of Monticello, 1897, lacking the dome, sited incorrectly, and containing a non-existent addition.
Description
1 item. (4 pp.)
Cite as
Thomas Jefferson letter to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 1825, in the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection, Accession #12141, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Gift of Albert H. Small, December 2001.
Other Forms
Also available on microfilm as Manuscripts Divsion Reel #125.
Cited in
Calendared in the Jefferson Papers of the University of Virginia, #2259.
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