James Madison Papers

William Beach Lawrence to James Madison, 4 April 1828

London April 4th. 1828.


Mr. Gallatin forwarded to me, by the last Liverpool Packet, your letters to Mr. Brown and to the Messrs. Baring. They have been sent as respectively addressed, and I now enclose three papers, which will make you acquainted with the present state of the funds of the Virginia University in Europe; viz. 1. a general account current between the University and the Ministers in London, who have acted as its agents, 2. a copy of an account current rendered on 29th. May 1827 by the Messrs. Baring and 3d. a detailed account of the monies distinctively applied to the Philosophical and Anatomical Departments.

As is noted in the third statement, a considerable sum unaccounted for is still in the hands of Professor Barlow, but he has made arrangements, which will absorb the whole of this balance. From Mr. Callaway, who was employed to make the anatomical purchases, I have never received any communication, though I have twice written to him. As will appear from the enclosed papers, a long time has elapsed since he has done any thing connected with the business confided to him. The portion originally intended for the Philosophical apparatus is more than exhausted, but, after deducting the one Hundred Pounds remitted to Mr. Brown, there will be of the entire fund about £350 remaining in the hands of the Bankers.

I had the honour to write to you on 29th. November, and also on 23d. and 30th. January, respecting the Professorship, rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr. Key. The testimonials already transmitted will, it is believed, enable you to form a proper estimate of the qualifications of Mr. Ritchie. All that I have since heard is confirmatory of the opinion heretofore expressed of this gentleman and I understand that the appointment in the London University has been filled by another candidate, so that any objections, arising from doubts as to his accepting the Virginia chair, if chosen, are removed. I have the honour to be, with sentiments of profound respect, Sir, Your most obedient servant,

W. B. Lawrence.

RC (ViU); letterbook copy (DLC: William Beach Lawrence Papers).

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