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  1. Dec 2017
    1. Signed and certified by the members present, each in his proper handwriting this 4th. day of August 1818.


      This document opens by describing the intentions of founding a university and who it would be intended for. Concluding with the drafters' signatures brings this idea to the end as well, for these are the classes of people who would benefit from the existence of a university. Selecting the location, curriculum, and a host of other features is meant to reflect the interest of themselves and those like them without considering the needs of the entire community or state.

    2. Ethics


      Considering the fact that an entire quarter of the Engagements is dedicated to investigating ethics, it is evident that the University is trying to revert back to its roots found in this document and adapt these values to a modern approach to education. The discussions we have in our Ethical Engagement serve to provide a basis for some of the most basic ethical questions that humans have been asking for centuries and millennia. This is something that the drafters of this document clearly wanted to be understood through a university education.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. To harmonize & promote the interests of agriculture, manufactures & commerce and by well informed views of political economy to give a free scope to the public industry.

      Jefferson was a strong proponent of a laissez-faire economic system. It makes sense then that he would want the people attending his university to understand the mechanisms for keeping such a system in working order, for a capitalist system cannot function without a proper education of how to use it.

    2. convenient & proper

      This wording "convenient and proper" is interesting because it echoes the "necessary and proper" clause of the constitution. It begs the question of whom sould the location be convenient for. Is it everyone in the state? Is it only for the wealthy? Also what makes a location "proper" for a university? Is it proximity, or lack thereof, to urban centers? Is it diversity of natural wildlife? There are many facets on which the commissioners may choose, but the vague wording makes it seem as though it was at the commissioners' discretion.