James Madison Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 16 May 1824

Montr. May 16. 24.

Dear Sir

You will see by the inclosed letter from Mr Cabell that a project is in agitation respecting Wm. & Mary Coll. which gives him much alarm. I communicate to you the letter as he requests, and with it my answer, as shewing the point in which I view it. I will ask their return when read, that I may be enabled to lodge my answer in Richmd. before his arrival there.

On the question of engaging a Medical professor, yourself, Mr Cabell, Genl. Cocke and myself concurred in the affirmative, Mr Johnson was in the negative. 4. being a majority of the whole board, I considered it as so decided, and gave the instruction accdly. Our agent sailed from N. Y. on the 8th inst. I did not consult Genl. Breckenridge & Mr Loyall, because neither were acqd. with the previous proceedings on the subject, and their distance also, and the promptness of decision necessary did not give time. Ever and affectly. your’s

Th: J.

FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

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