Steam boat Potomac
20 miles below WashingtonJuly 7. 1831.
I am returning to the City from a trip to the Rip Raps (the most delightful spot, as to atmosphere, I have ever been at) in company with the President, and sit down to scrawl a few lines in the hope of their reaching you in time. I have good grounds for thinking that your presence—if it be only for one or two days—at the approaching meeting of the Visitors will be highly important to the University. If, however, your health be such as to make this too risksome, a letter from you, expressing your views in regard to the Law School and to the raising of the fee of the professional schools to $50 would be the next best thing. It is highly probable that Mr. Johnson will be kept away by the illness of his wife, and in case of division in regard to the Law School, Judge Carr’s vote will be zero. The raising of the fee would probably so greatly reduce the risk to losing the services of some of the most valuable incumbents, as to render it an extremely improbable event. For Mrs Madison & yourself every thing affectionate
N. P. T.
RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book). Docketed by JM.