The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson
EDUCATION / STATE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Our University goes on well. We have passed the limit of 100 students
some time since. As yet it has been a model of order and good
behavior, having never yet had occasion for the exercise of a single
act of authority. We studiously avoid too much government. We treat
them as men and gentlemen, under the guidance mainly of their own
discretion. They so consider themselves, and make it their pride to
acquire that character for their institution. In short, we are as
quiet on that head as the experience of six months only can justify.
Our professors, too, continue to be what we wish them. Mr. Gilmer
accepts the Law chair, and all is well.
to Ellen W. Coolidge, 27 August 1825