James Madison Papers

James Madison to John Hartwell Cocke, 12 February 1827

Montpellier Feby. 12. 1827

Dear Sir

I recd. yesterday yours of the 6th. and at the same time a letter from Mr. Matthews on the same subject. I have sent back his letter to you, with the sanction to his proposed arrangement in the terms above copied.

A military school may be useful, especially if admitted as a substitute for Militia exercises; but for all Physical purposes the Gymnasium is incomparably superior. It would be well if the two branches of Instruction could be united in a competent Individual.

I do not find that any thing has yet been done by the Assembly, with respect to the University. A letter from Mr. Cabell gave but little hope of the pecuniary aid we wished; tho’ every one appeared to be impressed favorably of the Institution by the late Enactments. With great esteem and good wishes

James Madison

RC (ViU); draft (DLC).

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