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1. Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, February 23, 1795, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #16799.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington regarding a proposal from François D'Ivernois to move the faculty of the Geneva Academy to the United States - February 23, 1795.

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Also available online in: Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 19, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 108-114.

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2. Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Nicholas, November 22, 1794, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 9, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), 291-293.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Nicholas regarding the possibility of the Geneva Academy proposal passing in the Virginia Assembly - November 22, 1794.

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3. Thomas Jefferson to François D'Ivernois, February 6, 1795, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 9, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), 298-299.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to François D'Ivernois explaining why the proposal to move the Geneva Academy would be unlikely to pass - February 6, 1795.

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4. George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, March 15, 1795, John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799, vol. 34, (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1931), 147-148.

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George Washington's reply to Thomas Jefferson's February 23, 1795 letter regarding the Geneva Academy proposal - March 15, 1795.

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5. Agenda for the University of Virginia, April 26, 1824, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #40400.

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Thomas Jefferson's instructions to Francis Walker Gilmer for hiring professors in Europe for the University of Virginia.

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6. Thomas Jefferson to John Evelyn Denison, November 9, 1825, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 16, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 129.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Evelyn Denison mentioning the disapproval from some of his decision to hire European professors for the University of Virginia - November 9, 1825

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7. J.A. Leo Lemay, ed., Benjamin Franklin,Writings, (New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1987), 969-970.

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"Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America," a satire by Benjamin Franklin containing a story about an attempt to recruit Indian students for the Brafferton School at the College of William and Mary - November 1782.

Available online in: The Select Works of Benjamin Franklin: Including His Autobiography, (Phillips, Sampson and Company,1853), 364-369.

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8. Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), 210.

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Thomas Jefferson's proposal in A Bill for Amending The Constitution Of The College Of William And Mary to turn the Brafferton professorship from a religious into an anthropological mission - 1779.

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9. Julian P. Boyd, ed., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1950), 540.

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A Bill for Amending The Constitution Of The College Of William And Mary, and Substituting More Certain Revenues for Its Support - 1779.

Available online in: Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Federal Edition, vol. 2, (New York and London, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1904), 426-436.

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10. Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Joseph Priestley, January 18, 1800, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 10, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 140.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Joseph Priestley describing the drawbacks of William and Mary and mentioning the idea of founding a new university - January 18, 1800

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11. Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, September 7, 1814, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 19, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 212.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr regarding the plan of education for Albemarle Academy - September 7, 1814.

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12. Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper, October 7, 1814, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 14, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 200.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper explaining that he did not want a professorship of Theology in the plan for Albemarle Academy - October 7, 1814.

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13. Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, February 26, 1818, Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, (Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1856), 128.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, in which Jefferson expressed his concern that representing his district on the Commission for the University of Virginia (the Rockfish Gap Commission) might hurt Central College's chances of being chosen by the Legislature - February 26, 1818.

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14. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, February 17, 1826, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1965.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison regarding the selection of a Professor of Law for the University of Virginia - February 17, 1826.

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15. James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, February 8, 1825, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1925.

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Letter from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson regarding the selection of texts for the law school at the University of Virginia - February 8, 1825.

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16. James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, February 8, 1825, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1925.

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Letter from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson regarding the selection of texts for the law school at the University of Virginia - February 8, 1825.

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17. Edgar W. Knight, ed., A Documentary History of Education in the South Before 1860, vol. 3, (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1952), 164.

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Section of the Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia describing the possible uses of the future Rotunda - August 4, 1818.

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18. Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, April 21, 1825, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #40962.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough denying a request to hold religious services at the University of Virginia - April 21, 1825.

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19. Thomas Jefferson to the Marquis de Lafayette, September 3, 1824, Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Federal Edition, vol. 12, (New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1905), 376-377.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Marquis de Lafayette regarding the plans for his visit to Charlottesville on his tour of the United States - September 3, 1824.

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20. Thomas Jefferson to Francis Walker Gilmer, October 12, 1824, Richard Beale Davis, ed., Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and Francis Walker Gilmer, 1814-1826, (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1946), 109.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Francis Walker Gilmer mentioning the progress of the construction of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia and the plans for the dinner honoring Lafayette to be held there - October 12, 1824.

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21. Draft of letter from Brockenbrough to Jefferson, written on the back of Jefferson's June 13, 1825 letter to Brockenbrough, Frank Edgar Grizzard, Jr., Documentary History of the Construction of the Buildings at the University of Virginia, 1817-1828, (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia, 1996).

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Draft of letter from Arthur S. Brockenbrough to Thomas Jefferson requesting permission to publish Jefferson's objections to holding religious services at the University of Virginia from his letter of April 21, 1825 in a local newspaper.

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22. Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, June 20, 1825, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #41042.

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Thomas Jefferson's reply to Arthur S. Brockenbrough telling Brockenbrough he made the right decision by not going ahead and publishing his objections to holding religious services at the University of Virginia - June 20, 1825.

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23. Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper, November 2, 1822, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 15, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903), 403-405.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper responding to Cooper's comments about the rise of religious fanaticism in different parts of the country and mentioning that the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors had extended an invitation to the various religious denominations to open their own schools in the vicinity of the university - November 2, 1822.

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24. Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, April 21, 1825, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #40962.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough denying a request to hold religious services at the University of Virginia - April 21, 1825.

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25. Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper, April 12, 1823, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #39995.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper predicting the likelihood of the various religious denominations accepting the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors' invitation to open their own schools in the vicinity of the university - April 12, 1823.

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26. Joseph C. Cabell to James Madison, March 10, 1821, The James Madison Papers at the Library of Congress, Series 1, General Correspondence, Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

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Letter from Joseph C. Cabell to James Madison regarding the appointment of Thomas Cooper as a professor at the University of Virginia - March 10, 1821.

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27. Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper, March 13, 1820, Adrienne Koch and William Peden, eds., The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (New York: Random House, 1944), 697.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper assessing the attitudes of the various religious denominations towards the University of Virginia - March 13, 1820.

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28. Thomas Jefferson to William Short, April 13, 1820, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 15, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903), 246.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to William Short regarding the attacks by the clergy against Thomas Cooper - April 13, 1820.

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29. Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 19, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 389.

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Resolution of the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors authorizing a committee to inform Thomas Cooper of the delay in the opening of the university and to change his contract - April 3, 1820.

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30. Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper, August 14, 1820, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 15, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903), 267-269.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper regarding the delay in the opening of the University of Virginia - August 14, 1820.

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31. Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, February 22, 1819, Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, (Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1856), 165-166.

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Letter from Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson regarding the status of Thomas Cooper's contract with the University of Virginia, and informing Jefferson of certain rumors being spread about Cooper - February 22, 1819.

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32. Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, March 1, 1819, Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, (Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1856), 167-169.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell informing Cabell that he had misunderstood an earlier letter regarding the status of Thomas Cooper's contract with the University of Virginia, and assuring him that the rumors being spread about Cooper were completely unfounded - March 1, 1819.

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33. Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, March 8, 1819, Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, (Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1856), 171-172.

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Letter from Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson explaining why he had misunderstood Jefferson's earlier letter regarding the status of Thomas Cooper's contract with the University of Virginia - March 8, 1819.

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34. John Hartwell Cocke to Joseph Cabell, March 1, 1819, Cabell Family Papers, University of Virginia.

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Letter from John Hartwell Cocke to Joseph Cabell regarding the rumors about Thomas Cooper and the status of his contract with the University of Virginia - March 1, 1819.

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35. Joseph Cabell to John Hartwell Cocke, March 6, 1819, Cabell Family Papers, University of Virginia.

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Letter from Joseph Cabell to John Hartwell Cocke regarding the rumors about Thomas Cooper and the status of his contract with the University of Virginia - March 6, 1819.

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36. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, March 3, 1819, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1807-1808.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison regarding the rumors about Thomas Cooper and the status of his contract with the University of Virginia -March 3, 1819.

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37. James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, March 6, 1819, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1808.

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Letter from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson regarding the rumors about Thomas Cooper and the status of his contract with the University of Virginia - March 6, 1819.

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38. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, March 8, 1819, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1809.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison regarding the course of action he was taking to dispel the rumors about Thomas Cooper - March 8, 1819.

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39. James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, March 11, 1819, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1809.

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James Madison's reply to Thomas Jefferson's letter of March 8, 1819, agreeing with the course of action Jefferson was taking to dispel the rumors about Thomas Cooper - March 11, 1819.

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40. Thomas Jefferson to Jose Correa da Serra, March 2, 1819, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #38304.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Jose Correa da Serra requesting a statement that the rumors of Dr. Cooper's drunkenness and violent temper were unfounded - March 2, 1819.

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41. Jose Correa da Serra to Thomas Jefferson, March 22, 1819, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #38340.

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Jose Correa da Serra's reply to Thomas Jefferson's request for a statement that the rumors of Dr. Cooper's drunkenness and violent temper were unfounded - March 22, 1819.

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43. Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, August 5, 1821, Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, (Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1856), 215-216.

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Letter from Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson regarding the efforts of the Presbyterians at Hampden Sidney and the Episcopalians at Wiliam and Mary to compete with the University of Virginia - August 5, 1821.

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44. Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, January 7, 1822, Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, (Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1856), 230.

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Letter from Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson informing him of his plan to try to smooth things over with the clergy by meeting with Dr. John Rice, the Presbyterian minister who launched the attack on Thomas Cooper, and Bishop Moore, who was attempting to reestablish an Episcopalian divinity school at the College of William and Mary - January 7, 1822.

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45. Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, January 14, 1822, Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, (Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1856), 233-237.

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Letter from Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson describing his meeting with Dr. John Rice - January 14, 1822.

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46. Agenda for the University of Virginia, April 26, 1824, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #40400.

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Thomas Jefferson's instructions to Francis Walker Gilmer for hiring professors in Europe for the University of Virginia.

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47. Thomas Jefferson to Rev. Samuel Knox, December 11, 1818, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #38188.

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Thomas Jefferson's reply to an inquiry by Rev. Samuel Knox about a possibility of his getting a position on the faculty of the University of Virginia - December 11, 1818.

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48. Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, February 3, 1823, Early History of the University of Virginia, as Contained in the Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph C. Cabell, (Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1856), 273.

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Letter from Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson attributing the passage of the University Loan Bill in the Virginia Legislature in part to the Board of Visitors' invitation to the various religious denominations to open their own schools in the vicinity of the university - February 3, 1823.

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49. James Madison to Edward Everett, March 19, 1823, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, Vol. 3, (New York: R. Worthington, 1884), 308.

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Letter from James Madison to Edward Everett mentioning the reestablishment of a divinity school at the College of William and Mary - March 19, 1823.

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50. John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, January 28, 1818, Lester J. Cappon, ed., The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams, (Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1988), 523.

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Letter of introduction from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson for Unitatian clergyman Horace Holley - January 28, 1818.

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51. Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 19, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 449.

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52. Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 19, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 449.

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Section of the rules for the University of Virginia regarding religious schools in the vicinity of the university, should any of the denominations accept the Board of Visitors' 1822 invitation - October 4, 1824.

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53. Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper, November 2, 1822, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 15, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903), 405.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper responding to Cooper's comments about the rise of religious fanaticism in different parts of the country and mentioning that the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors had extended an invitation to the various religious denominations to open their own schools in the vicinity of the university - November 2, 1822.

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54. Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, April 21, 1825, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #40962.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Arthur S. Brockenbrough denying a request to hold religious services at the University of Virginia - April 21, 1825.

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55. James Madison to Edward Everett, March 19, 1823, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, Vol. 3, (New York: R. Worthington, 1884), 306-307.

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Letter from James Madison to Edward Everett containing a description of the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors' invitation to the various religious denominations to open their own schools in the vicinity of the university - March 19, 1823.

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56. Saul K. Padover, ed., The Complete Jefferson, (New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, Inc., 1943), 1104.

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Section of the Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia stating that the university would have no divinity school - August 4, 1818.

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57. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, November 30, 1824, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1909.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison regarding the selection of a Professor of Ethics for the University of Virginia - November 30, 1824.

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58. James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, December 3, 1824, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1910.

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Letter from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson suggesting George Tucker as a candidate for Professor of Ethics for the University of Virginia - December 3, 1824.

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59. Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 19, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 434.

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Description of the subjects to be taught by the Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Virginia - April 7, 1824.

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60. Philip Alexander Bruce, History of the University of Virginia 1818-1819, vol. 2, (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1920), 150.

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Excerpt of letter from Chapman Johnson to John Hartwell Cocke in which Johnson reveals his opposition to the policy against hiring clergymen as professors at the University of Virginia - 1827.

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61. James Madison to Chapman Johnson, May 1, 1828, The James Madison Papers at the Library of Congress, Series 1, General Correspondence, Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

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Letter from James Madison to Chapman Johnson making it clear that he wanted any religious worship or instruction at the University of Virginia to be initiated by the students, not the school - May 1, 1828.

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62. University of Virginia Catalog, 1841, 18.

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The first University of Virginia catalog in which Sunday religious services were listed, and professors' fees were waived for ministers and students planning to enter the ministry.

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63. Advertisement for the University of Virginia, Southern Literary Messenger, Vol. XI, Issue 12, December 1845.

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Advertisement showing that the waiving of professors' fees for ministers and students planning to enter the ministry was a only resolution of the faculty to waive their own fees, and not an official policy of the university.

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64. University of Virginia Catalog, 1897, 155.

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The first University of Virginia catalog to contain an official endorsement of the Y.M.C.A. by the Board of Visitors.

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65. University of Virginia Catalog, 1906, 146.

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The first University of Virginia catalog to contain a section titled "Religious Work." This catalog also announced that the entire northwest wing of the Rotunda had been assigned to the Y.M.C.A.

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66. University of Virginia Catalog, 1907, 91.

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The first year that the University of Virginia automatically deducted a fee for chapel services and religious work from the students' security deposit unless the student specifically requested otherwise.

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67. Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, August 8, 1824, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1897.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison regarding the catalog of books for the University of Virginia library, and asking Madison for suggestions for the religion section - August 8, 1824.

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68. James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, August 16, 1824, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1898.

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James Madison's reply to Thomas Jefferson's request for help with the religion section of the University of Virginia library - August 16, 1824.

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69. James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, September 10, 1824, James Morton Smith, ed., The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison 1776-1826, vol. 3, (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995), 1898-1899.

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Letter from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson regarding the the religion section of the University of Virginia library - September 10, 1824.

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70. John Adams to Benjamin Rush, September 4, 1812, John A Shultz and Douglass Adair, eds., The Spur of Fame: Dialogues of John Adams and Benjamin Rush, 1805-1813, (Reprint, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1999), 267.

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John Adams to Benjamin Rush mentioning the authors who had influenced the young Jefferson and Madison to abolish the religious establishment in Virginia - September 4, 1812.

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71. Thomas Jefferson to F. W. Hatch, March 13, 1823, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, General Correspondence, 1651-1827, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, #39915.

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Thomas Jefferson to F. W. Hatch advising him on the selection of books for a public library in Charlottesville - March 13, 1823.

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73. "The University of Virginia," Southern Literary Messenger, Vol. VIII, Issue 1, Jan. 1842, 53-54.

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Article denouncing Thomas Jefferson's secular policies and promoting the building of a chapel at the University of Virginia.

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74. James W. Alexander to John Hall, June 10, 1840, John Hall, D.D., ed., Forty Years' Familiar Letters of James W. Alexander, D.D., vol. 1, (New York: Charles Scribner, 1860), 305.

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Letter from Rev. James W. Alexander to Rev. John Hall noting the possibility of an increase in religious activity at the University of Virginia - June 10, 1840.

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75. James W. Alexander to John Hall, May 27, 1847, John Hall, D.D., ed., Forty Years' Familiar Letters of James W. Alexander, D.D., vol. 2, (New York: Charles Scribner, 1860), 71.

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Letter from Rev. James W. Alexander to Rev. John Hall noting a marked increase in religious activity at the University of Virginia - May 27, 1847.

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76. "The University of Virginia," Southern Literary Messenger, Vol. VIII, Issue 1, Jan. 1842, 54.

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Article denouncing Thomas Jefferson's secular policies and promoting the building of a chapel at the University of Virginia.

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77. Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 19, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1907), 415-416.

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Section of the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors' Report to the Directors of the Literary Fund proposing the invitation to the various religious denominations to open their own schools in the vicinity of the university - October 7, 1822.

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78. Samuel Yorke At Lee, History of the Public Schools of Washington City, D.C., from August, 1805, to August, 1875, written at request and published by order of the Board of Trustees of Public Schools, for the National Centennial Year, 1876, (Washington D.C.: McGill & Witherow, 1876), 11-12.

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Report on the progress of the students at the Lancasterian School in Washington D.C., indicating that the Bible and Watts's Hymns were being used as reading texts - February 10, 1813.

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79. Samuel Yorke At Lee, History of the Public Schools of Washington City, D.C., from August, 1805, to August, 1875, written at request and published by order of the Board of Trustees of Public Schools, for the National Centennial Year, 1876, (Washington D.C.: McGill & Witherow, 1876), 17.

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Message from Mayor Samuel Smallwood of Washington D.C. to the school board requesting that religious instruction be added in the city's public schools - 1819.

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80. Samuel Yorke At Lee, History of the Public Schools of Washington City, D.C., from August, 1805, to August, 1875, written at request and published by order of the Board of Trustees of Public Schools, for the National Centennial Year, 1876, (Washington D.C.: McGill & Witherow, 1876), 17.

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Message from Mayor Samuel Smallwood of Washington D.C. to the school board requesting that religious instruction be added in the city's public schools - 1824.

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81. Julian P. Boyd, ed., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1950), 528.

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A Bill For The More General Diffusion of Knowledge - 1778

Available online in: Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Federal Edition, vol. 2, (New York and London, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1904), 414-425.

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82. Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), 204.

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Excerpt of Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia noting the exclusion Bible reading in his plan for public schools in Virginia - 1781.

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83. Thomas Jefferson to Judge Augustus B. Woodward, March 24, 1824, Andrew A. Lipscomb and Albert Ellery Bergh, eds., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 16, (Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1903), 19.

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Judge Augustus B. Woodward regarding classification systems for library catalogs - March 24, 1824

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