It seems [ ] from Docr. [ ] Patterson of Philada. [ ] his acceptance of the chair of professor of [Nat.]: Philos: in the University of Virga. I hasten to give you the information, that it may have the proper effect on your communications with Mr. Ritchie, as authorized by my last letter. Notwithstanding the high recommendations of the latter, it was thought proper to make sure of Dr. Patterson, whose qualifications & character rendered him a valuable acquisition to the University.
I have heard nothing from you on the subject of Mr. Ritchie since you were requested to ascertain his disposition toward the professorship in question; and hope that whatever that may have been, the step taken here, as it can incur
Partial draft (DLC). Intended to be enclosed in James Madison to Daniel Brent, August 4, 1828. Both drafts are on the same page.