University of Virginia. May 24th. 1830.
Mr. Willis has, I regret to say, incurred our most severe punishment. He was intoxicated on the lawn, & using profane & disturbing language when Professor Harrison reproved him. For this reproof he next morning called upon the Professor to apologize, which was refused, when he assaulted him. The Faculty on the following day expelled him.
The Assistant Proctor has heard that it was probable there might be some difficulty in my official letter reaching Mrs. Willis. I have, therefore, taken the liberty of inclosing it to you, trusting that it will not inconvenience you to have it conveyed to Mrs. Willis, with whose distress I sincerely sympathize.
The Young Man has acquired habits of the most infamous character. He drinks & likewise plays cards — and unless these vices are checked, they must end in his utter ruin. I trust that means may be found to apply the proper corrective.
Mrs Madison and yourself I hope are well. We have had no direct or indirect communication from Montpellier for some time. Mrs Dunglison, I am sorry to say, has been at the brink of the grave in a rheumatic inflammation of the heart: A week ago she was so near dying as to take leave of her friends, & avail herself, as she imagined, of her last religious duties. I am happy to add that she is now convalescent & will trust soon be well. I have the honor to be with the most profound respect Very truly & obediently yours
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.