James Madison Papers

Robley Dunglison to James Madison, 20 April 1831

University of Virginia April 20th. 1831.

Dear Sir,

In my last letter to you it completely escaped me to mention to you, by request of Mr Davis, that, if I should leave the University at the termination, of this Session: and if he should be continued in his chair, he might be esteemed an applicant for the house I now occupy. He finds his present residence unfavorable for his abstract Studies, and considers mine would be preferable. Should I be called upon to resign my Professorship, it certainly would be a matter of some importance to me that Mr Davis should occupy this Pavilion, as he would take my Carpets &c which under other circumstances would be sold at great loss.

In this Chapter of Contingencies it might seem altogether unnecessary to trouble you with Mr Davis’s Request. All he wishes is to be considered hereafter as an applicant, according to the Date of his application: conceiving that others may have similar feelings and be communicating with you on the Subject.

May I request of you to esteem this Letter official, should it be necessary at the next meeting of the Board of Visitors, but not otherwise. I am dear Sir, With the most profound respect & esteem, Your faithful Servant,

Robley Dunglison


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