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Newspaper Report of Central College Board of Visitors Meeting, 5 May 1817

On the 5th. of this month, three men were seen together at Charlottesville (county of Albemarle) each of whom alone is calculated to attract the eager gaze of their Fellow-Citizens—We mean, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe, two of them, ex-presidents, and the last the present...

Extract from the Diary of John H. Cocke, 26 Aug. 1818

Left Bremo accompanied by Genl Taylor his Son Robt & nephew Wm Eyre for the Springs—reached Charlottesville to a late dinner. Visited my friend Alexr Garret who accompanied us in the Eveng. as far as the central College; which we found progressing slowly towards completion—The first...

Matthew Brown to Nelson Barksdale, 29 Sept. 1818

this is to inform you that John M Perry has become an equal partner in the Brickwork I have already done and also all that will be done by me this present year at the Central College and he is at liberty to draw money from time to time as it may Require & this shall be your sufficient voucher...

Central College Contract for Hire of Slave Laborers, 15 Dec. 1818

I Nelson Barksdale of Albemarle county and Ludlow Brannum of Louisa county do promise to pay Pallison Boxley of Louisa county the sum of Six Hundred and Seventy dollars current money of virginia on or before the 25th day of Decmr 1819 it being for the hire of Four negro men two boys and a woman...

Andrew Alexander to Unknown, 16 Dec. 1818

I recd. yours of the 9th inst.—The papers enclosed I handed immediately to the auditor—If you do not find it convenient to send money here—I can pay it for you— You will have of the knowledge of our procedings from the Enquirer than I could give you in a dozen letters—You have seen that the...

Matthew Brown to Nelson Barksdale, 19 Dec. 1818

Mr John M. Perry is fully autherised to Conclude the settlement with you for the Brick work done by me this year at the Central Colage therefore any settlement made by him shall be binding on me

Joseph C. Cabell’s Notes on the University Bill, [19–25 Jan. 1819]

Site of the University. Mode of Center of Territory will be spoken of. It If this were a proper criterion, it shd certainly be the center of the habitable territory. If the immense tracts of barren mountains beyond the Ridge be thrown out of view, as they might the center of territory wd probably...

Extract from William C. Rives to John H. Cocke, 20 Jan. 1819 [Quote]

I am very happy in being able, at last, to congratulate you on the success of the Bill for the establishment of an University at the Central college. It was carried, on yesterday, by in the House of Delegates by the overwhelming & unexpected majority of 141 to 28 ... Among the many sources of...

Dabney Cosby to John Bowyer, 28 Jan. 1819

I have become an applicant for Employment at the Central College and am told It is necssary to furnish satisfactory testimony of my Qualifications as a Man & Workman. If you have it in your Power to be serviceable to me in that respect I shall at all times be ready to acknowledge the favor.—a...

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