James Madison Papers

James Madison to M. L. Tracie, 11 August 1828

Augst. 11. 1828

Dr. Sir

I have recd. your letter of the 7th. instant. Where a number of candidates present themselves, as in the case to which it relates, particular explanations of the failures or preferences might be as embarrassing, as they are unusual. It may save you from misapprehensions to state that the recommendations in your behalf, as did those in behalf of others, received the respectful consideration of the Board of Visitors; but that it was finally determined, to assign the Department of Ancient Languages, for one year, to a distinguished pupil of Professor Long: keeping open, for a permanent appointment the field of choice, embracing both Europe & the U. States. Your recommendatory papers, now in the hands of the Secretary of the Board, will be forwarded, as you request, as soon as obtained from him.

I sympathize Sir, with the indisposition from which I hope you are recovering; and with my thanks for your good wishes offer a sincere return of mine

J. M.


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