James Madison Papers

James Madison to Nathaniel Bowditch, 18 June 1827

Montpellier June 18. 1827

Dear Sir

Since you did me the favour to answer my enquiries concerning Mr. Francis Grund, the name of Mr. Timothy Walker has been brought to our attention. May I intrude again on your kindness with a request of your view, as far as you may have had an opportunity of forming one, of his qualifications for a Mathematical Chair in a University. I am fully aware, Sir, of the trouble I am imposing on you, and of the delicacy it may possibly involve: But my reluctance is overcome by the particular importance to our young Institution, of filling its professorships with proper characters, and by the interest you will be sure to feel in whatever concerns the cause of Science, more especially a Branch which you have yourself cultivated with such illustrious success. I need not repeat that your communication whatever it may be, will be regarded in the confidential light due to it. Be assured always, Sir, of my distinguished esteem & respect

James Madison

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