Montpr. Feby. 14. 1834
I have recd. your letter of the 6th. with a Copy of the "System of Education, proposed for the Girard College"
It would be gratifying to me, if I could aid in preparing such a Collegiate system as would best fulfil the munificent & benevolent provisions of Mr. Girard. But my very advanced age, to the infirmities of which much indisposition is added, forbid an attempt for which under more favorable circumstances, there are so many like yourself, better qualified by the course of their Studies, and familiarity with the instruction of youth. The views of Mr. Girard call for an Institution so new & peculiar in its modifications, that the plan most promising, will probably disclose errors & defects, which the best lights of analogy, could not avoid. That which you have offered, contains I doubt not much that will recommend itself to a favorable consideration. With friendly respects
Draft (NjP: Madison Collection).