Montpellier Septr. 12. 1830
Your favour of Aug. 3 was duly recd. with the two letters you inclosed. I received at the same time a letter from Mr. Th. J. Randolph inclosing one to him from Mr Crozet recommending his brother for the Tutorship. Mr. Johnson has been in correspondence with Richmond on the Candidates in that place; and has come to a conclusion so strong in favor of Hervé, that he is willing, if no better provision presents itself, to accept him with the privilege of appointing a substitute for one year. It appears so desirable not to lose Hervé, that I have expressed to Mr. R. & Gen. Cocke my concurrence in the opinion of Mr. Johnson; and I presume they will give effect to the arrangement unless they possess information not yet known to me.
I have been drawn into several correspondences on the "nullifying" doctrine of S. Carolina and the use made of the Proceedings of Virginia in 98-99. In a late letter, tho’ omitting a few topics in preceding ones, I have taken a pretty comprehensive view of the case, which will probably find its way to the public at no distant day. I mention it to you in consequence of our conversations whilst at the University. It may be well however to let this communication sleep for the present.
My indisposition at the University left my health unsettled for some time after my return home; but I am again in statu quo. Mrs. Madison has just passed thro’ an attack of Cholera which for a short time was alarming. She is now much relieved. She joins in best wishes for health & all other blessings for yourself & those dearest to you.
I return the letters inclosed in yours Since writing the above Docr. Blatterman has arrived. He says Colonna is appointed as understood from Mr. Randolph, but no arrangement communicated to him as to the precise relation & division of functions between the Professor & Tutor. The Doctr. is much in the fidgets, apprehending collision if not degradation. These are dangers equally difficult & desireable to be guarded agst. I wish you could aid in the task. The interest of the University is involved in it
RC (ViU); draft (DLC). Draft is dated 13 Sept.