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After a diligent search among the files of this Department, and a personal inspection of the letter books the only document I could find of those referred to by you was Armstrong’s letter to Jackson of May 28th 1814— That I think you are in possession of. If not, and you wish it, or indeed any other paper belonging to the Department I will most gladly send you. I beg to offer you an assurance...
The documents of our society having been misplaced and we not being able to ascertain whether you have been informed that you were elected an honorary member of the Jefferson society as a committee have the honour to announce to you your appointment, and that we shall feel ourselves much gratified whenever you visit the University to be honoured with your attendance—We are Sir with respect and...
I have received your Letter of the 23d ulto. with much pleasure, and now enclose a copy of the Discourse of Mr Wirt, the perusal of which will I hope be as gratifying to you as was the Memoir of Judge Cranch Having had a recent and very painful occasion, in the performance of my own duty to become informed of many particulars relating to the Standing of your associates at the Academy, I have...
Mr. Key the able Professor of Mathematics in the University of Virginia is about to return to England, leaving a vacancy in that chair, which the Visitors are anxious to fill with an adequate Successor. Among the names which have been suggested for consideration is that of Mr. Francis Grund, Teacher of Mathematics in Boston. Assured of your disposition to befriend the cause of Science, and...
Mr. Key the able professor of Mathematics in the University of Virga. is about to return to England, leaving a vacancy in that chair which the Visitors are anxious to fill with a Successor worthy of it. Among the names which have been suggested for consideration is that of Mr Francis Grund, teacher of Mathematics in Boston. Well persuaded Sir, of your disposition to befriend the cause of...
I have been informed that the Chair of the Professor<s>hip of Mathematicks, in the University of Virginia, is about to be vacated. Having, in addition to a liberal education, had the advantage of long experience in teaching, I feel myself fully competent to discharge the duties of a Mathematical Instructor; and I therefore take leave, respectfully, to offer myself, as a Candidate to supply the...
I now enclose the Copy of a fragment of a letter from Coll. Geo: Mason dated the 2d of Octr. 1778, alluded to in my last communication to you—This fragment written in the hand writing of Coll. Mason closes the last page of a sheet of paper, the remaining pages are missing—altho the paper is not addressed to any one it is known to have been a Copy of a Letter from Coll. Mason to Coll. Geo:...
I inclose a letter received today from Mr. John Myers, now in Washington, the purport of which is to obtain a letter of Recommendation from you, for his father, Moses Myers, to be appointed Collector of Norfolk. I have known and have done a large business with Mr. Myers for 15 Years, much to my Satisfaction—He is well known in the Mercantile community—far advanced in life, and like myself...
A day or two after the reciept of your favour of the 18th. ult, I went to Richmond in the hope, that I should be able to make some arrangement either with the Literary board, or with the Banks, by which the loan, lately authorised by the Legislature, would be taken up on favourable terms to the University; The absence of Mr. Daniel from Richmond, prevented a meeting of the Literary board, on...
In answer to your letter of April 25. I have to remark that it is Mr. Key professor of Mathematics, and not Mr. Bonnycastle, who is about to resign his place in the University of Virginia, to which I can only add that the intimation of your wishes with respect to the vacancy, will be duly laid before the Visitors at their appointed meeting in July next. With esteem & friendly respects RC (NN) .
Your favor of Apl. 28. was safely delivered by Aleck. Mrs. M. & myself regret that the health of Mrs. Stephenson continues so infirm. Shd a visit to us not interfere with a better course for improving it, we shall be truly happy in shewing what I hope you both believe the affectionate interest we take in its re-establishment. She has always been a peculiar favorite of Mrs. M. and I must be...
I believe you know both personally, & by reputation, my father Moses Myers esq of Norfolk, who is put in nomination by his friends for the office of Collector of that port, now vacant. He has never asked his government for an office, during a long life of activity, & many public services & acts of patriotism. Now retired from business, & not in easy circumstances, this trust is asked. It is...
Richmond mail Arrives Mondays Wednesdays & Frydays at 7 in morning Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at 2 in afternoon sometimes goes sunday mornings at 9 Oclock in morning Frederecksburg mail Arrives & Departs same time Staunton mail arrives when others departs & goes when others arrive Ms enclosed in JM to Alexander Garrett, April 18, 1827: by Mrs. Madison? (ViU) .
I return the letter of Mr Sparks inclosed in yours of the 16th. He made his promised call a few days ago, without having recd. the letter to which you allude. I mentioned to him that you had forwarded it, and written to me also directly on the subject. I found him, what he had been represented, pleasing in his manners and very interesting in his conversation. As we are not immediately to have...
Your very kind and obliging favor was duly received. In compliance with your request I enclose an accurate Copy of the original draught of the declaration of rights as presented to the Committee by Coll. Geo. Mason of Gunston. It is furnished by Genl. John Mason, and I have compared it with the original, which with the endorsements, I know to have been written in the hand writing of Coll....
Calling by here in haste this morning, I am met by Mr Brockenbrough who calls me into his office, to show me the enclosed. They are on a Subject of such deep interest, that I have asked his permission to send to you the letter addressed to himself. It may turn out a God send. You will judge of the expediency for obtaining the opinion of Bowditch & of Farrar; and of using every effort to close...
I just learned from Mr. Fs. Eppes that he is about making a visit to E Florid, and I feel a pleasure in the opportunity of making him known to you, well assured that you will be equally pleased with that of offering a kind hand to the son of J. W. Eppes and grandson of Thomas Jefferson. To these claims to whatever friendly offices you can render him, he adds a personal worth, which alone would...
I did not receive till yesterday yours of the 2d inst. I lose no time in complying with its request by the inclosed line of introduction to Govr Duval, the only person in that quarter to whom I cd. address one. He will be more than sufficient to afford you friendly attentions as far as you may have occasion for them. He is a highly estimable man & probably known to you thro’ his connections in...
Your letter of the 9th. postmarked the 10th. inst. was not received till yesterday, whether delayed on the way, or not duly delivered from the office at O.C. House, I know not. I had signified to Genl. Cocke my wish that he would concur with you in arrangements for giving effect to the legal authority for a loan. I am sorry for the failure of the first experiment, and can only express my hope...
My estimable friend Mr Sparks will within a short time offer his personal respects to you. I can not better explain his objects than by inclosing the letter wherein he informs me of his intention. He will be the bearer of an open letter from me. You will find him a man of uncommon worth & intelligence. I know not his superior. The incessant cares of the nursery render my Wife a prisoner within...
J. M. presents his respectful complts to Mr. Clay, with another resort to his obliging promise, by enclosed letter to the Ama. Minister at Paris. Draft, with the draft of JM to James Brown, April 12, 1827 (DLC) .
It may not be unknown to you that the latter part of Mr. Jefferson’s life was successfully devoted to the Establishment of a University in his native State. That its professorships might be filled with men of higher qualifications than would be attainable among natives not pre-engaged in similar Institutions, resort was had to G. B. and with the good fortune of finding five who were willing to...
The enclosed letter from Mrs Randolph was forwarded to me, with the expectation that I should hand it to you in person, but I have been prevented till the present time from proceeding farther south. In a few days, however, I hope to have the honor of waiting on you, and my chief motive for sending this letter in advance is, that I may intimate to you some of the purposes for which I am...
The pamphlets accompanying your favor of the 4th. have been duly recd. and I thank you for the obliging attention to my request on that subject. Mr. Brent does not mention his expence in procuring, them. It shall be remitted on his notice of the amount. Having occasion to make an addition to my last letter to Mr. Gallatin, I avail myself again of the medium with which you indulge me. With...
In my letter of March 20. I stated the salary allowed to Professors in the University of Virginia to be fifteen hundred dollars per annum. I did not advert to the circumstance, that this amount was limited to those first engaged, and that their successors would be entitled to one thousand only instead of $1500. I hasten to correct the error, that it may lead to no embarrassment in the case...
Annexed I send you the copy of a letter just recieved from the C. Auditor in relation to the loan of $25000 asked for the University, my letter to the President & Directors of the Literary fund of the 30th ult; was written by direction of Genl. Cocke and I was further directed, that, in case, the board should decline the loan, then to open a negociation with some one of the banks in Richmond....
I have recd. yours of Mar. 31. inclosing the Rept. of the Come on the charges agst. you & a letter from Mr. Tiffin. I thank you for the communication. But I must say at the same time that it was a very unnecessary proof of the groundlessness of the Charges. I had never admitted a doubt that they would recoil on the author. The public attention was lately drawn to the origin of the...
I some time since had an interview with Mr Bell and Mrs Tapscott on the subject of your business; thier letter to you was the result. In your letter to Mrs Tapscott you observe you are willing to make partial Deeds for partial Payments. I advised Mrs Tapscott only to ask of you Deeds for so much land as Mr Tapscott had sold; with this she appeared, at that time to be satisfied; but she has to...
Intending to answer your favor of the 27th. by that mail, I went up on Saturday afternoon, to the University. But Mr Brockenbrough could nowhere be found, to get from him the key of the apartment where the papers were locked up. I was near being equally unfortunate yesterday; for one of the members of the Jefferson Society to whom I traced the key, had gone out & did not return till the...
Stepping into the post office to put my letter in, I am pleased to find the enclosed left here for distribution. It so happened that it was my intention to say something in my letter, on this very subject, in connexion with one of the transactions at the last meeting, and an account I have since heard of Mr Maxwell’s Speech at HampdenSydney, in which he triumphantly foretold that they (the...
Yours of the 18. Ulto. came duly to hand. I am sorry to find Mr. Key has decided to leave us, and I can’t but be still further concerned, that at the moment of his leaving us, he should make a request with which there can be any doubt about the propriety of compliance. I must say, however, that his application for the permission of his Salary to run to the middle of August even under the...
Intending to visit E. Florida this spring, and being entirely unacquainted, I have so far presumed upon your friendship for my Grandfather, and long acquaintance with my Father, as to beg, that you will, favour me with an introduction to any friends or acquaintance that you may have residing there. If not too troublesome any letters that you may enclose to me at Lynchburg, will be gratefully...
I have recevd yours of the 19th. ulto., with a circular to the visitors, announcing the decision of Mr Shay, to withdraw from the University, with a request that his resignation may take effect, on the middle of august, to afford him the opportunity of being present, at the examination, of the Students, & to lessen his expenses, in returning to England, by the correspondence of the period,...
I have recd. Sir, your letter of Mar 27 inclosing seed of the Eggplant, and a Sample of the Tobo. commanding the highest price Mrs. M. thanks you for the former, as I do for the latter: The sample surprizes us all. Tobo. of a stronger & less bright character had been supposed best suited for the Chewing manufactory. If <it> be the quality however & not the colour of your sample that...
The explanation you give of Mr. Key’s determination to leave us surprizes me. I had taken—for granted that it had its origin very much with Mrs. Key, and had a sanction at least from the opinion of his friends in England. Were his views less fixed, it might be hoped that if the advice of his friends, from whom it seems he is yet to hear, should press his stay where he is, it might, when...
Motives of delicacy prevented my addressing the Visitors upon the subject of Mr Key’s appointment until it was known that he had again tendered his resignation. I mentioned my intentions to Genl. Cocke at the last sitting of the Board, & requested him to inform you that I wished to become a candidate for the Mathematical Chair, whenever any steps respecting it were to be taken. Some of my...
Believing that you would be surprized to find my official conduct impeached, I now forward the Report of the Committee with the accompanying documents, which have been printed only within a few days—I also enclose a Copy of a Letter from your old Friend Mr Tiffin, which I did not deem necessary to publish with the documents, but which is as honorable a testimonial of his goodness of heart, as...
I have recd. your letter of the 24th. In writing to Mr. Gallatin, I kept in view the shortness of time allowed him, and the necessity of not precluding us from the chance of finding a Successor to Mr. Key in our own Country. It is possible tho’ barely so, that he may present us an acceptable offer, and hear from us in time to give it effect, by the 1st. of Sepr. But on the contrary...
This will be presented to you, by Mr. J. T. Shepherd whom I most cheerfully recommend to your favorable consideration, as a young Gentleman of considerable merit, both in relation to his literary acquirements and his exemplary moral deportment—Should the Visitors of the University, at the head of whom, you are placed; contemplate the appointment of a Tutor to aid those who are not well...
I have recd. your letter of the 19th. inst. saying that the Trustees of the College recently established in Union Town have been pleased to call it by my name. Regarding every new Institution for the wholsome instruction of youth as a gain to the cause of national improvement and to the stability and prosperity of our free System of Government, I feel that my name is greatly honoured by such...
I trouble you with another letter to Genl. Cocke, for reasons which I need not repeat. Be so good as to look at Mr. Jeff--n’s instructions to Mr. Gilmer and observe whether they do not suggest a better explanation than is given in the letter to Mr. Gallatin of the terms he is to hold out, as inviting a successor to Mr. Key. And if so, drop me a line, unless you favour us with a more agreeable...
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...
With your letter of February 26 I received the Copy of Mr. Coldens Memoir on the New York Canals transmitted by order of the Corporation of the City The very interesting Memoir with the variety of annexed documents having relation to the signal event commemorated, form an instructive gift to the present generation and will be a proud legacy to its descendants I must add that the work has an...
I owe you many apologies for so late an acknowledgment of your kind favor of the 2. inst.; but it was postponed some days unavoidably; and then, by the daily expectation of learning Mr Key’s final decision, which to the very last, I entertained some hope would be such as I wished. There is considerable intimacy subsisting between Mrs D. & Mrs K, by means of which I had derived some knowledge...
After your kind offer, I make no apology for inclosing another letter which I wish to have the advantage of a conveyance from the Department of State. Its object is to obtain from Mr. Gallatin a small service for our University, and that with as little delay as may be. Whilst I was charged with the Department of State, the British doctrine against a neutral trade with belligerent ports shut in...
I am exceedingly sorry to learn from your letter of the 18. that Mr. Key has availed himself of our indulgence and resigned his place in the University— I see no serious objection to the permission which he asks to continue in office till the middle of August. It would certainly not be proper that he should vacate his seat till the 20. July, when the examination will be over, and the interval...
J. M presents his respects to Mr. D, with thanks for the copy of his oration before the Washington Benevolent Society. He has noticed with pleasure the appropriate remarks pervading the Oration and the patriotic Spirit which animates it. Draft (DLC) .
It is probably not unknown to you that the Visitors of the University of Virginia, anxious to procure for it Professors, with higher qualifications than might be attainable here, had recourse for a supply in part to Great Britain. They had the good fortune to engage five, all of whom have answered their expectations. One of them, however, Mr. Key professor of Mathematics, though friendly to...
Your two letters of Jany. 17 & 22. were duly recd. I hope your health was restored as soon as was promised by the decrease of your fever, and that it continues to be good. I inclose a Circular required by the resignation of Mr. Key, to which I have nothing to add on that subject. Our Colleagues protest against a "Called Board" on any acct. tho’ I fear the Creditors of the University will be...
In the name, and by order, of the Board of Trustees, of "Madison College," recently established, in this Borough—I am instructed to say, that in consideration of your distinguished public & private worth, as a Citizen of the United States—they have taken the liberty, without consulting you, of calling this Institution by your Name. I am directed to tender you the high consideration of the...