James Madison Papers

James Madison to John Hartwell Cocke, 23 January 1827

Montpellier Jany. 23. 1827

Dear Sir

I received last evening yours of the 20th. from Charlottesville. You will not doubt the pleasure your visit would have afforded me; but I could not wish it at the cost of suffering the intenseness of the Cold would have imposed on you.

I have just communicated to the Proctor, the decision of the Visitors with respect to Mr. Gray & Mr Chapman. The anomalous footing on which they are to be placed creates some difficulty in the form of their temporary re-instatement, and may possibly tho’ not probabl<y> questions of some nicety in practice. I enclose a copy of what I have said to Mr. Brockenbrough.

When I transmitted to you the proceedings of the Faculty relating to the Hotel keepers now in place I had no opportunity of consulting the late enactments, and could not trust my recollection of them. The publication of them in the Central Gazette shewed at once that the detected transgressions were beyond the cognizance of the law. With great & sincere esteem & regard

James Madison

RC (ViU); FC (DLC).

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