James Madison Papers

John C. Calhoun to James Madison, 13 May 1827

Pendleton 13th May 1827

Dear Sir,

The writer of the enclosed was formerly a professor of Mathematicks’ in the College of Georgetown, and has the reputation, I believe deservedly, of being among the best Mathematicians and Scholars in our country.

While I was in the Department of War, he was appointed one of the visitors to West Point; and he evinced on the occasion, so much proficiency in the various branches of Sciences taught there, as to make a very favourable impression on the members of that institution. The acceptance of the place of visitor caused some dissatisfaction among his more rigid Religious associates in the Georgetown College, which caused his resignation.

My impression, on a short personal acquaintance, is much in his favour, and should he succeed in his application, I have little doubt, but that he would prove a valuable acquisition to your flourishing institution. With very great respect I am & &c

J. C. Calhoun

RC, [formerly enclosing Thomas C. Levins to JM, May 7, 1827?] (ViU). Docketed by JM.

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