James Madison Papers

James Madison to Joseph C. Cabell, 7 February 1827

Montpellier Feby. 7. 1827

Dear Sir.

Your favor of January 24. came duly to hand, & relieved me very agreeably from the anxiety produced by the delay of the Report from the Visitors. The improvements made in our code, could not fail to have the good effect you mention on the public disposition towards the University. I had hoped for a greater effect than yet appears on the liberality of the Legislature. You can judge better than I can of the modification of the finances most likely to facilitate the aids we need.

In conformity to the opinion of the Visitors assembled at Richmond, I gave notice to the Proctor, that the two discontinued Hotels were to be put again under the charge of their former Keepers. It is to be hoped that the change in the relations between all of them, and the Students will produce a change for the better on both sides. If it shoud not on that of the Hotel Keepers, a remedy is provided; but will it not be well to make it more prompt and efficacious than the late enactment on that subject authorises?

I observe that the Governour has taken up the case of the Journals in a very proper message to the Legislature. It seems that the necessity was even greater than I was aware. I had understood that the set at Richd. was compleat, whilst there is a chasm of three Sessions. From the abortive enquiries I have made in order to fill the greater one in my set, and which were extended even to Kentucky making formerly a part of Virga. I apprehend there is some uncertainty whether the time has not already passed for replacing the losses. If you can readily obtain a note of the missing copies in the public set, be so good as to mention them; and if they exist in my broken set, I will hold them ready for the use in question. Health & a happy issue out of all your difficulties

James Madison

Should Mr. Coles have left Richmond do me the favor to have the inclosed put into the P.O: with a change of the address, from Richd. to Washington.

RC (ViU); draft (DLC).

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