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  1. Nov 2017
    1. mensuration

      Honestly, I initially misread this as "menstruation" and I was thoroughly annoyed at the thought of women being blatantly excluded from this report, yet the founders stating that something that only applies to women would be important. My mind was bombarded with questions of why women could be deemed as lesser when these men are saying that menstruation is so very useful. Luckily though, my mind was simply playing tricks on me, and I can't be too angry at this particular line.

    2. Lexington in the County of Rockbridge, Staunton in the County of Augusta, and the Central college in the County of Albemarle:

      I am curious as to why these specific locations were initially considered in the placement of the University. Were there meanings behind them or correlations other than the heavy population of wealthy white people? It almost seems as if the founders simply pointed at some areas on a map and chose the one they deemed most suitable for the benefit of themselves and the caucasian folks that lived there.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. Also the whole of his Slaves amounting to 57 in number

      Though I was initially shocked by the kind of bluntness of this statement about the 57 slaves Thomas Jefferson owned, speaking about them as if they were animals, I realized that considering the time this all took place, slavery was such an unfortunately common act that there is almost no way that these people could not be mentioned. I hate that Jefferson, who often wrote of every man being equal, actually owned slaves himself, but it is something that the University of Virginia must address and continue to discourage any racism that has occurred or may occur in the future.

    2. In this enquiry they supposed that the governing considerations should be the healthiness of the site, the fertility of the neighbouring country, and it’s centrality to the white population of the whole state

      As my fellow students have mentioned in these annotations, it is clear that Jefferson intended for White people to be the only attendants of UVA. I am intrigued by this considering Jefferson's rhetoric of liberty and equality in his writings, The Declaration of Independence in particular, yet the reality of his lifetime support for slavery. This is a truly hard topic to face when taking on the standpoint of someone living in the 17th century. I don't think it would have been easy for a multiracial school to be opened at this time, as many white folks probably would not have accepted it, but I wonder, even if Jefferson was not worried about no one attending his school, would he have still created a desegregated one? Based on his owning slaves, I am inclined to believe that he wouldn't... I am conflicted as to how I feel regarding Thomas Jefferson's words versus his actions.