James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John A. Wharton, 27 December 1821

From John A. Wharton

Near Davis’ Store Dec. 27th 1[8]21


Some five or six months since, I addressed a letter to you, from Nashville Tennessee:1 requesting any information which you might possess relative to the University established near Charlottesville. From the circumstance of your not having acknowledged the receipt of it, I am persauded [sic] you did not receive it: I therefore take the liberty of addressing a second letter, the object of which is precisely the same as that of the first, to wit:

  • When the institution will be opened for the reception of students?
  • What qualifications are necessary to insure an entrance into either class?
  • What will be the expenses of board and tuition per annum?

You will pardon the last enquiry, as econimy in my financial calculations, is indispensably necessary: and as I entertain fears that I will be compelled, with an eminent degree of reluctance, to abandon the pursuit of a favorite object. Any other information which you can communicate, will be thankfully received. I tender you the assurance of my profound respect and very high esteem.

Jn: A: Wharton

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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