Bremo June 23d. 1827.
I received your circular of the 27. May in due time.
In a letter which I have just received from Mr. Short, he says, "I have lately taken up an idea from an expression which accidentally fell from a Gentleman with whom I was in conversation, & who is acquainted with Mr. Adrain, that he would accept the vacant Professorship in the University of Virginia if offer’d to him."
I deem it useless to add Mr. S—s remarks upon Mr. Adrain’s reputation as a Mathematician, as I presume, you are well acquainted with his Standing in this department of Science: I write, in case you have not received the information from any other quarter, that you may add Mr. Adrain to the list of Names to be presented to the Board of Visitors—With high respect, & Esteem, I am Dr. Sir—Your Obedt. Servt.
John H. Cocke
RC (ViU). Docketed by JM.