James Madison Papers

Board of Visitors, University of Virginia, 8 December 1826

[December 8, 1826]

[present as under December 5, 1826]

Friday, Decr. 8th. When, during one of those intervals, the board having taken up the case of Robert Yeates—the consideration of which was postponed at the meeting in Oct. last—made thereon the following order.

The following will be communicated by the Secretary, in answer to the reference made to this board by the faculty, of the case of R. Yeates.

The faculty, on the suggestion of Mr Professor Long, having referred to the board of Visitors certain matters of complaint against Mr Robert Yeates a student of the University—the board have taken the said reference into their consideration, and would thereupon remark—That they feel the duty a most painful one, of deciding in a controversy of so delicate a character as that which has been referred to them, but though that duty might be painful, they would not omit to discharge it, if it were absolutely necessary that it should be done to preserve the order and enforce the discipline of the institution. They hope however that no such necessity exists on the present occasion—they cannot but believe that the subject of the complaint alluded to, may have arisen in some mistake—in some infirmity of memory—and would greatly prefer that the whole merits of the question should be left to this charitable construction than that they should be examined and decided upon by a severer judgment. Without casting any imputation upon Mr. Yeates, the Board would suggest to Mr Long that it would relieve them from a very painful duty, if he would consent that the enquiry which has been urged upon them should not be prosecuted—and that the board have a strong wish, with the consent of the Faculty and Mr Long, to postpone indefinitely the consideration of the matters which have been referred to them.

Ms (ViU).

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