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I am just favored with yours of Ocr. 28. As the intimation to Mr Hilliard will go with more weight from the Executive Committee than from one of its members, I drop a few lines for him to be signed by you also, and duly forwarded. I send it in this form the rather, because of the distinction between the 2 cases of the Periodicals and of the general supply of books; and between both as now...
Yours of the 5th. has just come to hand, and embarrasses me a little as to the course by which I should best consult the views of the Visitors, in relation to an appointment of Mr. Ritchie at once to the vacant Chair of Nat: Philos:. Mr Johnston as you know is against any appointments in the recess of the Board, and I find by a letter from Mr. Cabell who writes from Washington that he adheres...
Since my return home, I have received the letter from Mr. Gallatin of which a copy is enclosed. Be so good as to forward it to Mr. Cabell, with a request that he send it to Mr. Johnson, who from Richmond will easily give it conveyance to Mr. Loyall. I will make known its contents to Mr. Monroe and Mr. Breckenridge. I have heard nothing from any other quarter on the subject of the vacant Chair....
I inclose a letter just recd. from Monsr. Ferron, teacher of fencing in the University, who wishes to be allowed to extend his lessons to the case of dancing. I have informed him that the Rector as such, had no authority on the subject; and that not having been present at the late Meeting of the Visitors, I knew not whether anything had then passed, from which their sentiments might be...
I have just recd. a letter from Mr Johnson of Octr 29. in which he wishes, if the appointment of Docr. Jones has not been irrevocably made that it may be suspended, til he hears from a friend in New York, whether Mr Renwick, Professor of Nat: Philosophy and highly spoken of at Columbia College, be attainable. This he expects to do in 8 or 10 days, and with some prospect of an affirmative...
I learn from Mr. Trist that he has communicated with Jones on the subject of Books, and that with the sanction of the Executive Committee, the views of the Visitors can be accomplished. I hope if you concur in what Mr Trist aims at, you will not wait for my expressed concurrence in this, more than in other domestic functions of the Executive Committee. With great esteem & regard RC ( ViU );...
Yours of the 12 inst: came duly to hand; and I have just recd. two letters from Mr. Johnston of the 3 & 5, one from Mr. Monroe of the 3d. & one from Mr. Breckenridge of Sept. 30; all of them having made a previous trip to Montpellier in Vermont. Mr. Johnson assents to the immediate appointment of Docr. Jones to the Chair of Nat: Philosophy, but seems willing to learn what Mr. Bonnycastle may...
I have recd. from Mr Key the tender of his resignation as authorized by the resolution of the Board of Visitors. He is very desirous at the same time that it may not take effect till the middle of August, which will not only give him the opportunity of being present at the examination of the Students but free him from the expence of waiting for a London Packet from N. York or of going by land...
I recd. yesterday yours of the 6th. and at the same time a letter from Mr. Matthews on the same subject. I have sent back his letter to you, with the sanction to his proposed arrangement in the terms above copied. A military school may be useful, especially if admitted as a substitute for Militia exercises; but for all Physical purposes the Gymnasium is incomparably superior. It would be well...
I have just recd. yours of the 15. I have heard nothing further from Mr Johnson, and his expected intelligence from New York is deprived of its importance by the step taken in favor of Doctr. Jones, who I flatter myself will not disappoint our hopes. The last acts of the Board as extracted by Mr Trist seem to allow to the Ex. Come. no discretion, to reduce the number of Hotels below four. It...
I inclose letters from Mr. Lawrence, Mr. Brockenbrough & Mr. Davis. It appears from the Acct. in that of Mr. L. that there is a balance in the hands of the Barings of more than £300 Sterg. But Mr. Rives tells me it will probably be absorbed in debts for the Philosophical Apparatus. The communication from Mr. B raises the question whether the vacated Hotel shall be filled or suspended. This...
The last mail brought me your letter of the 4th. inclosing one from Docr. Jones, with your answer. From the footing on which the question of his appointment now rests, and the uncertainty of an earlier provision for the vacant Chair, it may be best to acquiesce in his terms. And if this be your opinion and that of Mr. Cabell & Mr. Johnson, he can be informed by a final letter from you, that a...
I have just recd. the inclosed papers from the University. They give a sad account of the Hotel Keepers. Not recollecting the exact relation in which these are placed by the last enactment to the several Authorities above them, I can not decide well on what may be required from the Executive Committee. Be so good as to favor me with your ideas on the whole subject. In every view, delays must...
I inclose a letter put into my hands by Professor Lomax, which it may be well to communicate to our Colleagues as opportunities offer. It seems to call for some remedial arrangemt. of the fees. Whether any can be applied, before the meeting of the Visitors you will take into consideration. In a letter to Mr. Trist, which he may have mentioned to you, I suggested what occurred to me on that...
I received last evening yours of the 20th. from Charlottesville. You will not doubt the pleasure your visit would have afforded me; but I could not wish it at the cost of suffering the intenseness of the Cold would have imposed on you. I have just communicated to the Proctor, the decision of the Visitors with respect to Mr. Gray & Mr Chapman. The anomalous footing on which they are to be...
I think its proper to inclose you a copy of my letter to Mr. Gallatin, not merely for your information, but that I may be favored with any additions or alterations that may occur to you. You will perceive the difficulty of accomodating the resort to Mr. Gallatin to the shortness of time, the uncertainty of his success, and the proper reserve for the chance of success here. In alluding to the...
I inclose a letter from Mr. Egan covering a letter from Mr. Giles to the Visitors, and copy of a letter from Mr. Jefferson to Mr Giles, as testimonial in favor of his application for the Chair of Mr. Long. As it appears to be the wish of Mr Egan that the papers should be made known to the Visitors as soon as may be, it may be well that they be communicated to our Colleagues as opportunities...
I have just recd. from Doctr. Dunglison a letter of which the inclosed is a copy; and I lose no time in making it known to you, as I am doing to the other Visitors—The following is an extract of a private letter which he desires may also be placed before the Visitors. "Professor Davis begs me to express to you officially his desire to occupy my Pavilion and grounds when I leave the University....
I have just recd. the enclosed letter with the notice it refers to, which I have duly acknowledged. Be so good as to hand the papers to Mr. Wood as requested; and give to the case whatever attention may be proper on the part of the University. I have not seen the Act of Assembly, but take for granted the course pursued is authorized by it. With friendly respects FC (NN : Emmet Collection).
The Proctor has communicated to me certain resolutions of the Faculty, which as he says he has done also to you, I do not inclose. I must on this occasion, as but too often happens, trouble you with a request, to give, as soon as may be convenient, such instructions as you think due to the wishes of the Faculty, and within our authority & means. With great esteem and very sincere regard FC (DLC) .
I did not learn till a few days ago, that you had sufficiently got over your reported illness at Norfolk, to return home. I hope your health is now good & will continue so. I inclose an extract from a letter recd. from Mr. Long some time ago, which shews that we cannot rely on a successor from England to the Chair he filled in the University; that he strongly recommends Doctr. Harrison for it:...
Mr Jesse B. Harrison of Lynchburg offers himself as Successor to Mr Long in the Professorship of antient Languages; and if satisfied by the concurring opinions of the Visitors separately expressed that he may expect the appointment, intends to embark immediately for Germany at his own expense, in order to avail himself of the peculiar opportunities there afforded for improving his...
On the rect. of your letter of Novr. 13. proposing for the decision of the Executive Committee either a removal of all the Hotel Keepers, with a view to reduce the number to two, who were to be Mr. Minor & Mr. Carr; or as alternative, the discontinuance of Gray Chapman & Richeson, and a substitution of Mr. J. Carter for the first, with the known understanding annexed to it. My answer of Novr....
I inclose a letter from Docr. Dunglison with my answer to it. Should you concur in the expedient he suggests, or in any other, for obviating reports injurious to the University, I shall cheerfully confide in your choice of the mode most proper for authenticating the true State of things there. With great esteem & cordial salutations RC ( ViU ); FC (DLC) .
I concur with Genl. Cocke in opinion that Wm. Mathews may, with the approbation of the Faculty, & subject to the further order of the Visitors, proceed with a School of Military instruction in the University, according to the arrangements above proposed; and that he be allowed the use of an unocupied Pavilion, under regulations to be prescribed by the Proctor. Copy on the same page with JM to...
I have just recd. the inclosed from the Proctor. Should Majr. Spotswood’s resignation be persisted in, & allowed to take effect, and a regular Successor not be attainable, I see no other resort but the step suggested by Mr. B. which must be on our assumed responsibility. I shall readily take my share of it in that or any other arrangement you may judge preferable in the emergency. With cordial...
I recd. this morning, the inclosed letter brought from Mr. Hilliard’s Storekeeper. I apprized him that I shd. transmit this application to you, having no authority apart from yours. I am under the impression that there was some dissatisfaction at the manner in which Mr. Hilliard had executed his commission. Be so obliging as to take whatever order you judge proper, and consider my decision as...
On the rect. of your letter of the 29th ulto I made up my mind to join the attending Visitors tomorrow; hoping that a cold which oppressed me would prove so transient as not to defeat my purpose. It has on the contrary taken the character of a decided influenza, with a fever that has confined me closely for several days, & is without any present symptom of abatement. I am under the necessity...
I recd. yesterday yours of the 29th. ult: inclosing your correspondence with Docr. Jones. It is quite probable, not withstanding his dissatisfaction at what has passed, that he may still look forward to the chance of having the way opened for him to the vacant Chair in the University, by some intermediate proceeding of the Visitors. Should this not be done, he seems to have shut himself out...
Your letter of Aug. 29. happened not to reach me in time to be answered by the last mail. The letters from Mr. Short are very strong in favor of Docr. Jones. But as it is more impor[tant] that the best, than that the earliest choice be made, it seems proper not to preclude the consideration of Docr. Patterson at least, with respect to whom I have not yet heard from Mr. Johnson. Would it be...