Montpellier Novr. 29. 1828.
I inclose letters from Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Brockenbrough & Mr. Davis. It appears from the Acct. in that of Mr. L. that there is a balance in the hands of the Barings of more than £300 Sterg. But Mr. Rives tells me it will probably be absorbed in debts for the Philosophical Apparatus. The communication from Mr. B raises the question whether the vacated Hotel shall be filled or suspended. This will depend I presume on the number of Students present or in expectancy. It will be agreeable of course to Mr. Davis that the other Visitors should know his wishes, as opportunities occur. I know not who his competitors will be. Judging from the sample I had of his cleverness, as Secretary to the Convention at Charlottesville, there will be a favorable field of choice if they should be his equals. With great esteem & cordial salutations.
RC (ViU); draft (DLC).