Montpellier Jany 28. 182
I have recd yours of the 23d inclosing a copy of the Bill sent to Mr Cabell; but omitting the letter from him. Without that I cannot estimate the reception such a measure will have in the Assembly. The grounds on which the Bill dissolves the Charter of , & disposes of its funds are . But there will probably be a powerful opposition to it. The uncertain & scanty provision for the Ex Professors, the repugnance of the existing Seminaries, for the most part Presbyterian, to a legal superintendence; & that of the other Seats having little chance at present of predominating in the new ones, seem to Mr Cabell however is a much better judge of the than I can be. The Bill may have a good effect at least, in leading the public attention to better views of the subject than have hitherto been taken. The enemies of the University will at the same time endeavor to trace the Bill to that source, & .
I am sorry Mr Gilmer will not accept the All that I learn of Mr Preston is favorable to him: But the more qualified he may be, the less is my hope, that he will devote himself to such a service. He is very rich in patrimonial prospects, and likely to yield to political temptations, with which his forensic will co-incide. If wealth be passion University. These agreeably superseded by the expected information from Mr Breckenridge. Should we be obliged to look elsewhere no one occurs but my neighbour P. P. Barbour. His mind is a strong one, and very capable of expanding itself beyond the limits of technical law. He has also of late turned his attention with good effect to political Economy, of which a proof was given a very able speech on the Tariff. In purity of character and habits of severe application he is by no one. He without deficiencies in some of the more external accomplishments, but amiable, & his conciliating. I give this portrait however without a hope, that he would enter into the service of the University, or any other that would him from his domestic Establishment which he has made very attractive. If a Judgship will not require that sacrifice, he would probably exchange for it his practice at the Bar.
The silence of Mr Tuckner admits a favorable construction. The of the foreign Professors begins to be alarming
DLC: Papers of James Madison.