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May I beg your acceptance of the enclosed "Description" of the Four paintings which I executed under your auspices, & which are now finished, & permanently placed. I thought well to accompany each subject with a Sketch of the History of the Event: & hope that what I have said, may meet your approbation. There is also, in the introduction, an allusion to the favorable impression made by my...
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...
Understanding that notice has been given to all the Hotel-Keepers except Mr Minor that their appointments are to cease at the end of the present year, I wish the effect of it to be limited to Mr. Chapman & Mr. Richeson & Mr. Gray, it being the sense of the Executive Committee, that Mr. Spotswood and Mr. Conway should retain their Hotels; and that in case Mr. John Carter should be willing to...
Mr. Jesse B Harrison of Lynchburg offers himself as Successor to Mr. Long in the professorship of Antient Languages; and if satisfied, by the concuring opinions of the Visitors, separately expressed that he may expect the appointment, intends to embark immediately for Germany at his own expence, in order to avail himself of the peculiar opportunities there afforded for improving his...
Your letter of the 17. has been duly recd. My respect, for every Institution having in view the culture of the Mind, & for the kind motives of the Society you represent, does not permit [ ] to decline the honorary membership conferred on me, however sensible I may be that it cannot be due to any anticipated advantage from it. The Society I doubt not will best devise an appropriate motto. In...
Mr Jesse B. Harrison of Lynchburg, offers himself as Successor to Mr. Long, in the Professorship of Ancient 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 expence; in order to avail himself of the peculiar opportunities there afforded for improving his...
I enclose you a copy of the letter to Genl. Jackson, of the 21st of octr. 1814. requested in your last of the 16th ulto. The papers mentiond in that letter were recd— I send you one from Mr Ingersoll, relating to your late communication, of your views, respecting the power of the Genl. govt. to encourage domestic manufactures, in reply to which, I assurd him, that I fully concurrd in the...
"Nefas videri" Montpelier in November 1827. Montpelier Nov. 27. 28. 29. 30. 1827. a. Mr M. observed that A. Everett in his book on America had fallen into the remarkable error that Gen. Washington had to be greatly persuaded by Hamilton to agree to the Constitution. Mr M. knew it to be an error; he lodged with Wash. in Philad. during the convention. b. On manufactures. He observed that the...
J. Madison presents his respects to Docr Jones with many thanks for the copy of his late address before the Franklin Institute. The facts & remarks on the employment of slaves, in Manufacturies, make it particularly interesting to the Southern sections of the Union, & encourage the hopes of a success in the experiments on foot, which may produce a rapid multiplication of them. Draft (DLC) .
Yours of the 25th inst: came duly to hand, and the Opportunity which it presents of rendering an acceptable service to Mrs Madison & yourself has been most gratifying to me. I immediately called on Mr Todd and offered every assistance in my power to enable him to comply with your wishes, & I am happy to inform you that he has promised to accompany me to Virginia when I go, which I hope will be...
The investigation of claims upon the United States for bounty lands promised to officers and Soldiers is devolved upon this office; and the heirs of the late Colo. Wm. Grayson have presented a claim for his services—you probably remember that to intitle an officer in the revolutionary army to land it was necessary to serve to the end of the War—There is in this office no document to shew that...
I write chiefly to acknowledge the rect. of yours of the 19. together with the letters it inclosed. I am content to make the effort with the present Hotel keepers under your view of our restricted powers, but I am in duty bound to add that new developments daily convince me that we shall have finally to get rid of the present set. I was informed this week at Fluva. Court by Mr. Gilmer of...
Mr. Gallatin, when he confided to me as Chargé d’Affaires of the United States the fund belonging to the University of Virginia over which he as well as his predecessor Mr. King had exercised a control, likewise put into my hands your letter of the 12th. of August last. Several months since, the late Minister conferred with me as to the selection of a suitable person to fill the vacant...
This will be handed you by Mr. Jesse B. Harison of Lynchburg. He offers himself as successor to Mr Long, in the Professorship of Ancient Languages: & if satisfied by the concurring opinions of the Visitors separately expressed, that his appointment will take place, intends to embark immediately at his own expence for Germany, in order to avail himself of the peculiar opportunities there found...
I have received your letter of the 19th. inst: For an answer, I refer to the communication you will receive from Genl. Cocke, which will make known our views on the subject of it. With friendly respects RC ( ViU ); draft (DLC) .
I have just recd. a letter from Mr. Short, informing me, that Dr. Jones, before my last letter reached its destination, had enterd into an engagement with the Franklin Institute which will occupy him, until the first of March, and making difficulties as to our proposed mode of appointing him, which seem to me, to be quite unnecessary, and to leave us at liberty, provided the Gentleman...
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...
Much occupation of one kind or another, together with the knowledge that all you desired was to send in the report in time for the meeting of the legislature, have caused me to postpone taking up the subject until today. On doing so, I found so many points on which it seemed necessary to touch, that it became obvious it would give you less trouble to frame a report yourself, than to correct...
I have duly recd. your favor of the 9th. with the printed communication inclosed. I am very sensible of my obligations for the kind feelings which dictated both; and not less so, that in weighing my public services, the friendly hand unconsciously favored that end of the beam The attempts of party zeal when pursuing its favorite object, to break into the domain of the Constitution, can not be...
I send you by this Mail, and request your acceptance & (if liesure permit) your perusal of some of my lucubrations, on a subject which has occupied three fourths of my thought & time, for nearly nine years—i. e. the best means of promoting "the wealth, power & resources" of the nation & the happiness & prosperity of its Citizens. In these labours I had no personal interest to serve, as I never...
Yours of the 2d. postmarked the 6th of November came duly to hand. I return the letters & papers inclosed in it. The fact stated to Mr. Ringold by Genl. Jessup, does not concern only or principally the question between Genl. Jackson & Mr. Southard. It belongs to the History of the Campaign and of the Administration; and as such ought to be verified & preserved. The General must of course have...
Having been lately informed that the number of Hotels in this Institution would certainly be reduced to four the ensuing year, and knowing that a selection of Hotel keepers will be made in a few days, I beg leave to address you upon that subject. Although I have made my application to the Proctor formerly in writing to renew my lease; yet as I am so little known to the Executive Committee, I...
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...
I was prevented by ill health from visiting the University until last week, and therefore did not receive your last letter as soon as I otherwise should, Mr. Garrett having dispatched it to me by post just before I reached his House. I have now to regret it the more, from finding it contained the request, to suspend further proceedings in regard to Dr Jones appointment, as in conformity to...
I have just committed to the press the 2d vol. of my collection of Debates on the adoption of the Federal Constitution in 1788, which will include the Virginia deliberations on that interesting question, in which you took an active and conspicuous part: will you, therefore, have the goodness, if it meets your convenience, to transmit me, by mail a corrected copy of your remarks, for this...
Your letter of Ocr. 19. was recd. in due time. The acknowledgment of it has been delayed by a wish to accompany it with a Copy as requested of the Enactments of our University, which I did not obtain till two days ago I congratulate you on the encouraging prospect which dawns on the Infant Establishment under your presiding care. A temporary deficiency in the articles of apparatus & Library,...
I do not submit to your notice the remarks I lately took occasion to make as substantially contained in the Newspaper herewith, to shew that I entertain for your character and public life the greatest reverence and regard, but by way of some acknowledgment for the very great pleasure with which I saw your appearance in the letter published to redeem the Constitution from a most alarming...
I have received a letter from J. Burton Harrison Esq. of Lynchburg, informing me, that Prof. Long is about to resign his place in the University of Virginia, and that, in such an event, he himself wishes to be considered a candidate for the Office and is willing to study in Europe, at his own expense, in order to qualify himself better to fulfil its duties. He adds a wish, that I would write...
Owing to my not attending Court on Monday I did not receive your favor of the 3d. till the next day. Nothing has reached me concerning the papers you enquire after. I think it not unlikely, however, that Mr Sparks may have entrusted them to Mr. Hilliard of Boston, who set out thence some weeks since, & has been daily looked for for a good while. When he arrives, I shall ask if nothing was put...
I commenced making the separation of those you have not seen. This has taken me so much longer than I expected, although I have looked at each letter only long enough to ascertain that it was from you, that I must postpone the rest of this work & hurry to town. RC ( ViHi : Nicholas P. Trist Album Book).
I have just recd. from Mr King the enclosed letter with an account of the fund placed by Mr. Jefferson under the controul of his father. From this it appears, that on the 24th. of June 1826. a balance remained in the hands of the Barings of £906.18.4. Sterling. Whether the fund has been further reduced by subsequent drafts may perhaps be gathered from the Invoices & information arrived with...
Previous to the rect. of yours of the 29. Ult. I had requested Gen. Cocke unless Mr. Bonnycastle should hold out a flattering prospect of filling the Chair of N. Phil: from abroad, to notify at once the appt. of Docr. Jones. In consequence of your suggestion I shall immediately desire him if not too late, to suspend the notification, till the answer of your Correspondent at New York shall...
My last acknowledged yours of June 5. and observed that having appointed Mr. Bonnycastle to the Chair vacated by Mr. Key, a successor to him in that of N. Philosophy was now wanted. We have at present a prospect of filling it without giving you the trouble of further enquiries with that view tho’ it may not be without use to learn the result of those you may have made. In the mean time another...
If General Cocke should happen to be in Charlottesville or at the University, be so obliging as to have the inclosed letter immediately handed to him, if not at either to give it the earliest conveyance by mail to Bremo. Friendly respects RC ( ViU ); FC (DLC) .
My communication with the other Visitors necessarily retarded by their scattered & distant situations was unfortunately still further delayed, by four of their letters having entered mail for Montpr in Vermont. I am at length authorized to confirm my anticipation of the regret of the prospect of losing your valuable services at the University; and their particular regret that your separation...
Mr. Sparks having in his hands some papers he was to forward to me, I requested him to avail himself of the opportunity by Col. Peyton, who had mentioned to me his intended trip to Boston. I find by a letter from Mr. Sparks that he put the packet into the hands of Mr. Coolidge, for Col. Peyton; and by a letter from Col. P. that owing to the state of the weather, & the circumstances of his...
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 have this moment recd. yours of the 29th. ulto., with the copies of mine to judge White, which I had forwarded for your perusal. I shall take good care of them. Suspecting that there had been some unfair practice, in regard to the order from Genl. Armstrong, or rather his sanction to take Pensacola, to Genl. Jackson, I requested Mr. Ringgold to procure me a copy of the letter of the 18th. of...
I have recd. your letter of the 12th in which you observe that you are committing to the press the 2d. vol of the Debates in the State Conventions on the question of adopting the federal Constn. that the vol will include the debates of the Virga. Convention, and you request of me a corrected Copy of the part I bore in them. On turning to the several pages containing it in the 2d. & 3d. vols....
"To ensure the success of the University in all departments, it must certainly be an object of the highest importance to possess teachers who will zealously prosecute their respective studies, and make the profession of a public teacher the profession of their life. The degree of Knowledge acquired before entering on duties of this kind has, I believe, been found by experience not to be a...
J. Madison presents his respects to Messrs Fletcher & Toler, [Editors of Lynchbg. Virga] and regrets the trouble occasioned by the delay of his letter of the 14th. The paragraph prepared by them & inserted in their paper & enclosed their letter of the 26th sufficiently guards agst. a misunderstand. of his original communication. He was led to the proposed change in it, by an intimation recd....
Your favor of the 28th has come to hand with less delay as you may see than happened to mine of the 23. I consider the appointment of Docr Jones as decided. The account of him from Mr. Short was favorable; and Docr. Patterson, in declining himself, recommended Dr. Jones. I had been led to think well of Mr. Walker, when the Visitors were last assembled, but the supposed immaturity of his...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 17th Inst. which I should have answered at an earlier moment, but for a short absence from home. In order to meet your inquiries respecting the fund placed by Mr. Jefferson under my Fathers controls, for the use of the University of Virginia, and transferred by him upon his leaving England, to his Successor Mr. Gallatin: I have...
Your letter of the 25th. was duly handed to me by Mr. Conway. The view you give of the state of your family, and the anxiety you express, to improve it could not fail to excite my sympathy & good wishes. I am precluded nevertheless from the step you ask from me, by a rule wch. the frequency of such applications, as well as other considerations have obliged me to adopt. I must refer you...
I have recd. your letter of the 25th. As the Report of the Visitors to the General Assembly will take its date from the last Session of the Board, the accounts of the Proctor must of course be closed accordingly: and if ready by the 15th. of November for the use of the Rector will be in time for the Meeting of the Assembly on the first Monday in December, when the Report is to be made to it. I...
Yours of the 3d. instant, with copies of your two letters to Judge White now returned, were not received till they had made a trip to Montpellier in Vermont; as happened at the same time to three letters from our co=visitors of the University. The letter to you from Mr. Ringold, referred to as inclosed, was omitted. Your explanatory communications to Judge White are very important, and I hope...
On my return home the other day I received a letter, from a friend in New York, mentioning Mr. James Renwick, at present professor of Nat. philosophy, in the college of Columbia, as a probable candidate for our vacant chair—and speaking of him in very high terms of commendation—Mr. Renwick does not wish to be regarded as a candidate, but his friend writes to obtain information to enable him to...
Your favor of the 23d. was not received until last night. I had been thinking some time, that I ought to have long ago written to you on the subject; and now feel ashamed that a letter from you should have found the design yet unaccomplished. The matter shall, however, be immediately attended to: that is, as soon as little piece of business which the same mail brought from Mr Coolidge on...
Having prepared a memorial to Congress relating to events of the revolution, I find it to be proper to forward copies to many characters of the revolution, and to ask statements from them, which I wish to annex in support of the memorial: for this, I have sent one to the chief justice Marshal—one to judge Washington, and one to Col Monroe, and refer them generally to the memorial and to the...
I Hope Your Health, the Report on Which Has for Some time Given me inexpressible Anguish, is now perfectly Restored, and that Mrs Madison and your Excellent mother are Well to Both of Whom I Beg you to present my most Affectionate Respects. A Very kind and Affecting Answer from Mrs Randolph, dated Boston, and Your letter Novemb. 1826, Have informed me of the Situation of the family at the time...