To James Madison
Monticello Mar. 10. 17.
Besey calling on me for some seed allows me just time to write a line, to await your arrival at home, requesting your attendance as a visitor of our proposed college on Tuesday the 8th of April, being the day after our election. you will of course, I am in hopes come here the day or evening before, that we may have some previous consultation on the subject. I shall also request Genl Cocke & mr Watson to make this their head quarters, as I have done mr Cabell. Colo Monroe I suppose will not be in the neighborhood. congratulating you on the riddance of your burthens, I salute you affectionately and respectfully.
RC (ViU: TJP); on one sheet folded to form four pages, including address leaf; addressed: “James Madison late President of the US. Montpelier by mr Besey”; with unrelated notation on verso of letter in an unidentified hand (one word editorially corrected): “Suppose a House Whose roof is 3000 Square feet in surface what space would it be necessary to contain all the Water which might fall during a rain of one Inch dep[t]h?,” and further calculations and diagrams in the same unidentified hand on recto and verso of address leaf. PoC (DLC); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.
besey: Charles Bizet.