James Madison Papers

Albert Gallatin to James Madison, 9 April 1831

New York 9th April 1831

Dear Sir

I laid your’s and Mr Richardson’s letter before the Council of our incipient University at their monthly meeting, and now return that of Mr R. We have not yet obtained a Charter and cannot expect any pecuniary assistance either from the State or City. We have in that respect great difficulties to encounter and probably still greater from the Sectarian influence, whether that which supports or that which opposes us. A very active clergyman, but who is eminent in no science whatever, nor even as a scholar, has been placed at the head of the institution with the title of Chancellor. All this is discouraging, and unless I can see some prospect of being useful, I will not remain much longer connected with the institution. In the mean while we are by no means ready to make appointments.

I enjoy tolerable health, but cannot bear fatigue; and this is the only cause which has prevented my long intended visit to you. I need not say how gratifying it would be to meet you once more. Whether circumstances will permit it is impossible for me to say. Mrs G. joins in most affectionate remembrances to Mrs Madison & yourself and I remain with great respect Ever faithfully Yours,

Albert Gallatin


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