At Home Decr. 23d. 1827
Immediately on the rect. of your fav. by Mr. Harrison I wrote to Mr. Johnson, assenting to the appointment of Mr. H. as the successor of Mr. Long & this moment have recd. Mr. Johnson’s answer saying that Mr. Cabell, Mr. Loyall, Genl. Cocke & himself were opposed to the appointment, so that Mr. H. is not appointed.
It is of the first importance to the success of the institution, that we should have a Scholar of distinguished classical attainments & a man of some weight of character, to succeed Mr. Long & where shall we now look for one? Cannot we prevail on Mr. Long to remain with us, untill he qualifies one of his own pupils or shall we again be compelled to resort to England? I feel much anxiety on the subject. I am truly your Fd. & Sert.
RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison: "recd Jany 3."