The University of Virginia Acquires Newly Discovered Letter of Thomas Jefferson From Raab

Often we are asked where a piece we carried is now.  This question is all the more interesting when these documents reach institutions.

This year, the University of Virginia has acquired a letter of Jefferson in which the former President, acting on behalf to the school he founded, pleads with the U.S. Government and Secretary of the Treasury William H. Crawford to send needed funds for the completion of his University of Virginia.

“Our legislature here some time ago constituted the debt then due to them from the U.S. into a literary fund for the purposes of education, and on that fund established their system of primary schools and a university… Permit me to interest your zeal for the advancement of American science so far as to facilitate the forms necessary to bring us this relief.”


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