James Madison Papers

Thomas C. Levins to James Madison, 7 May 1827

New York—28 Green St. May 7th. 1827—


Having heard that the present professor of mathematics in the University of Virginia intends to resign his situation, I offer myself as a candidate to fill the chair. Shd. any testimony as to moral character or capability of teaching be required, I can refer to many estimable friends in G. Town and Washington. A few days since I had the honour of addressing a letter to the Honble. Mr. Calhoun on the present subject. At the commencement of the University, before the professors had arrived from England, he made application to Mr. Jefferson in my behalf. Mr. Jefferson stated the Professors had been engaged, and, of course, a situation then cd. not be obtained. My scientific education has been derived from Professors Playfair, Leslie and Jameson of Edinburgh. I have taught in G. Town College—also in Ireland. In the year 1824 July 23d or 24th. I sent to the Nat. Intelligencer an account of the examinations at West Point, and this year I have been invited by the prest. Secy. of War to attend at the Military Acady. as a member of the Board of Visitors—Shd. I be deemed worthy of a situation in yr. college, I shall discharge its duties with zeal & effort—I am with respect yr. obdt. servt.

Thos. C. Levins

RC, [formerly enclosed in John C. Calhoun, May 13, 1827?] (ViU). Docketed by JM.

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