James Madison Papers

James Madison to Chapman Johnson, 10 August 1828

Montpellier Augt. 10th. 1828—

Dear Sir

Yours of the 3d. instant was received yesterday and I forward to day to Doctr. Harrison, the authorized appointmt. noting therein its limited term, & the amount of compensation.

You will have seen that Doctr. Patterson the Chair of Natural Philosophy. He makes a point of having the Pavilion left by Mr. Long, in which there will be no difficulty; and suggests for consideration, the expence of his removal, and of the conveyance without a purchase, of certain requisite Instruments not in the Apparatus at the University. I have discouraged the first expectation, without authorizing the second, tho appearing to be not unreasonable. I hope you will be able to spare a few thoughts, before our meeting, on the proper distribution of fees, in cases where Students enter under one Professor, and attend a particular class only under another. The existing regulation, as applied, is found to operate very dissatisfactorily in some cases, particularly that of Professor Lomax, furnishing an inducement to Students to deprive him of part of his fees, by paying to another a smaller sum, than is deducted from them. The subject omitted in our late meeting will come before the Board at our next, with a strong claim on its attention. With esteem & cordial respects

James Madison


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