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You will have perceived, by our paper of the 18th inst. that your first letter has been published, before the receipt of your second, containing your wishes for correction . Under these circumstances, we were for some time at a loss to know in what manner to act; and had at one time determined to remain silent. But, we afterwards supposed that it was your wish to be definitely understood, and...
I was duly favored with yours of the 9th. inst: accompanied by your "Life of Thomas Jefferson," which I have read with the double pleasure it affords, being valuable for its historical materials, as well as for its biographical Portrait of the highly distinguished Individual. I comply with your request by noting a few errors which caught my eye in turning over the pages. Page 38. It was not at...
On conference with Genl. Cocke we are of opinion that the resignation of Mr. Long at the end of the present session should be acceded to, with an assurance that whilst we are not willing to insist on the complete fulfillment of his contract with our University at the cost of the proffered promotion in London, yet we are very unwilling to be deprived of the benefit of his talents & services for...
It is with the greatest diffidence, and reluctance that I write your Excellency; fearing that I am taking an improper liberty: in such an event I beg to be excused. My solicitude to promote the interest of my Children, has impelled me to obtrude my self improperly. It has been my misfortune through life to want the aid of patronage, and to have lived in obscurity prejudicial to the interests...
Your favor of the 17th inst, enclosing that of the 4th of July last, came safe to hand. Words are almost insufficient, to express my gratitude for the favors thus bestowed, the sphere in which I move is but that of an humble Individual, and when such favors, from a gentleman of your Standing, are not denied, I feel all the gratitude that imagination can conceive. Will you, my dear friend,...
The time is come when I ought to recollect that a Report from the Visitors of the University will soon be due to the General Assembly; and for which my materials as well as my memory are deficient. I must recur therefore to your aid in behalf of both. It is the more needed, as my sickness at the last Session of the Board prevented the participation in its proceedings which would have left me...
I have been honoured by the Council of the University of London with their command to Address you upon the subject of Professor Long of your University. He has been by them chosen Professor of Greek and he has accepted the appointment. But his engagements with the University of Virginia make it impossible for him to repair to England before Summer 1829. His presence here however is necessary...
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 the pleasure of informing you that our Infant College, is in successful operation; with six Teachers actively employed every day—Our prospects at present, afford considerable promise; and allow us to hope , much, in behalf of the Institution. The seal of the college, is simple & unpretending, a small vignette engraving of the Head of Mr. Madison, with the designation—"Madisoniensis...
I have recd. Sir your letter of the 15th. Having within a few days made a communication for public use in wch. occasion was taken to say; generally, that I had made no previous communication for the press, on any subject connected with the existing State of parties, it can not, if ever requisite & proper be so now, to give a particular authority for the purpose expressed in your letter. With...
Since I had the honour of your kind reply to my enquiries respecting your Acquaintance with my father, I have found other papers which shew that Monr. Roquebrune was the paymaster or treasurer for the Auxillary army of Rochambaud. But am yet in the dark as to the acct. of which I [ ] it was advanced. Agreeably to your suggestion I applied to the oldest officer (Mr Nourse) at the Treasury...
I have duly recd. your letter of the 12th. instant. I had not forgotten my promise, and had made the provision for it now inclosed. But wishing to substitute for the abstract used a little Apologue which I would have preferred, more delay has been occasioned by my unsuccessful endeavours to obtain it than I foresaw. That you may be no longer disappointed I forward what I had first prepared....
During Mr. Jefferson’s Rectorship of the University of Va. it is understood that a fund was placed under the authority of your father when last in London, to be applied in procuring certain articles for the use of that Institute As the papers left by Mr. J. do not shew the amt. of the expenditure, if any, or the actual situation of the fund, you will oblige the Visitors by the desired...
The high respect which I entertain for your character and public services prompts me to enclose the following extract from the Boston Central and without and desire to involve you in the party warfare now carried on before the public to ask of you here only, permission upon your authority to contradict the report that you are the writer of the essays published in the Richmond Whig over the...
I ask the favor of you to make the following corrections, omitted to be made in the paper sent you a few days ago, viz. Erase the words, " limit to the power of Congress over trade, to regulations having revenue alone for their object" and insert: "exclude from the power of Congress over commerce, regulations having for their object, the protection and encouragement of domestic manufactures"...
Hearing from our Colleague Mr. Johnson, that Doctor Patterson of Phila. had declined being a candidate for our vacant professorship, whose claims to our consideration have hitherto kept me suspended in regard to Dr. Jones, I now hasten to give my assent to the immediate appointment of the latter Gentleman. Mr. Johnson mentions, that he has not consented to release Mr Long from his engagement to...
On the 20th of June last, you favored me with a letter, stating, that in your letter to me, of the 20th of Octr. 1825. you had committed an error, which ought, for obvious reasons be corrected, and you requested me to return you that letter, and on receiving which, you would substitute some other communication, answering my original request. On the reception of your letter, which was on the...
I have just seen in another Gazette, the following paragraph, noted as an extract from the "Lynchburg Virginian" viz Without being aware of the ground on which the Statement is alledged to be within the personal knowledge of the Editor, it is proper to observe that, as often happens in the report of conversations, there must have been some degree of misapprehension or misrecollection. It is...
I have taken the liberty, Sir, of inclosing for you by mail, a copy of a sketch of Mr. Jefferson’s life written by me not long since. I shall feel much gratified by your accepting it as a mark of the sense I entertain of Mrs. Madison’s kindness and your own, during the short visit I made to Montpellier. The memoir was compiled entirely from materials which are open to the public, and without...
A very great error has escaped me the Essay on Slave Labour, which I forwarded you yesterday, and which I wish you to destroy. I send a number of corrected Copies to replace them—and am respectfully Your obt. hble. Servt RC (DLC) . Docketed by James Madison.
Yours of the 24. Ulto. upon the subject of Mr. Longs appointment in the University of London, and communicating his wish to be released from his engagement to us after the expiration of the present course of Lectures at the University of Virginia, came duly to hand. There is but one view of the subject, which produces a moments hesitation upon my part, in a prompt & full compliance with Mr....
By this mail, I send you 30 copies of an essay on a Subject of vast importance to your State, & to the Southern states generally. I request you will circulate them as widely as possible. Some errors may probably be found my estimate—but will not, I am persuaded, affect the general result. I likewise send a few other articles, of which I request your acceptance. I retired from business nearly...
I have just received a communication from General Cocke, enclosing Mr. Shorts letters, on the subject of Doctr. Jones, also your letter with Mr. Browns and Mr. Bruces. I wrote to you a few days since, from this place, informing you, that doctr. Patterson had declined being a candidate to for the chair of Nat. Philosophy, in our University, and giving you an extract from his letter,...
I have received your letter of the 24. September, communicating Mr. Longs wish to resign his office in the University, at the end of the present session— I feel disposed to act as liberally towards Mr. Long, on this occasion as our duty to the institution will allow; but I doubt whether we should be justified in giving an unconditional assent to his leaving us, at the end of the session. I am...
I have yours of the 22d. ulto., communicating the purport of a letter to you, from H. Lee, at Nashville, of Augt. 24. with an extract from him, of a letter to him from Genl. Armstrong, respecting his provisional order to Genl. Jackson, of July 18. 1814., to take possession of Pensacola, on certain conditions, as to the presum’d cause, of the delay, in the transmission of that letter, and the...
I have recd. yours of the 24th ulto., with a copy of one from Mr Long, communicating his appointment to a professorship, in the university of London, & expressing his desire to withdraw, from that, which he holds, in the university of Virga., in July 1828., instead of remaining there, until July 1829. I respect highly the qualifications of Mr Long, for the station which he holds, the duties of...
Your letter of Augst 24 was not recd. till a few days ago. I regret that I can not throw a ray of light on the cause and circumstances of the delay which attended the order to Genl. Jackson of July 18. 1814; having no recollections enabling me to do so; nor access to any document if there be any, that could assist them. I can only therefore express my wish that the occurrence may be traced...
I have received letters from Mr. Long relating to his appointment to the Greek Professorship in the London University; of the last of which a Copy is enclosed. In another letter he urges several considerations drawn from the situation of his nearest connections in England, which impose on him the duty of establishing himself there, as soon as he should be at liberty, expressing at the same...
I lately receiv’d the inclosed, from a gentleman residing in Bladensburg, who applies, for the professorship, held by Mr Long, in case he should accept that, wh. it is reported, has been offered to him, in the University of London. I have inform’d him, in reply to his letter, that I did not know, that the offer had been made to Mr Long, or if made, that he would accept it, but that I should...
I have recd. a letter from H. Lee dated Nashville Aug. 24. stating that he had corresponded with Genl. Armstrong on the subject of the provisional order to Genl. Jackson of July 18. 1814, authorizing him on certain conditions to take possession of Pensacola; which order was not recd. by the General till on or about the 14th. of March 1815; and then open, and the envelope without postmark; and...
The bearer—Mr R. Bayly, a youth of this county, & son of a near neighbour & friend, has requested of me, an introduction to you, which I readily afford, considering him entitled to it, by his correct deportment, and merit. He has been a year, under direction of Captn. Partridge, & has left him, with very strong testimonials in his favor. He intends to make a visit to the University, to make...
I have recd your letter of the 15th. I feel in common with all who were acquainted with your Father the sincerest respect for the public & private virtues which adorned his character. I find myself precluded nevertheless from the particular mark of it which you request, by the number of like applications, and the general rule they have constrained me to adopt, of declining the desired...
I have recd. your letter of the 11th inst. It belongs to me to say only, that it will be duly communicated to the Visitors of the University, by whom it will of course be taken into consideration with other like applications when the time arrives for appointing a Successor to Mr. Long. When that will be is uncertain and not likely to be very soon. It is possible that there may be a call, in...
This will be handed to you by Mr. George Washington, a nephew of Mrs. Madison, who being with his wife & his mother Mrs Todd on a visit to us, indulges his curiosity by one to the University, and will probably mark his respect for the spot where we understand you will now be found, by a ride to it. He is an Eleve of the University of Transylvania, and tho’ a married man but a short time out of...
I have recd. yours of the 6th. on the non-descript case of Mr. Egan & his associate. If this attendance on his terms be not in the character of Students of the University, or Students of a religious School within or adjoining its precincts, no provision of the enactments can be applicable to it, and the peculiarity of the case seems to take it out of the reason of the rule on the subject of...
Last week I communicated to you my appointment in London with an intimation that my services would not be wanted before the expiration of my term here—This morning I was informed by letter that they will be required on the 1. October 1828. It will be necessary for me to explain this—In December of last year a proposal was made to me from a person of some influence to become a candidate for the...
I have duly received your letter of the 4th. instant, on the subject of the Journals of the General Assembly for the Sessions of May 1779 and 1782. I should have felt particular gratification in being able to contribute to the laudable object of the Legislature: But on examining my broken set, I find that it does not include the Journals of either of those dates. I fear there may be some...
Your favor of Aug. 31. was duly recd. by the mail preceeding the last. Altho’ it ought not to produce surprize, that you should, on the expiration of your engagement here, prefer a residence in your native Country, I am very sure that I express a regret common to the Visitors that the University should lose a professor whose qualifications, can scarcely be hoped for in a Successor whether...
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...
I received a letter some days since from Mr. J. C. Cabell, informing me, that he was authorised by you, to tender the use of any part of your collection of the Public Journals of the General Assembly, that might enable the Executive, to carry into effect, the provisions of a law requiring the reprinting of those Journals from the year 1776 to the year 1790 inclusive. You will be pleased Sir,...
I do not feel myself at liberty to give a letter of introduction to you to any one, but perhaps in the case of a son you will forgive the intrusion and Mrs. Madison may with her accustomed goodness ensure my pardon. My son indeed making the southern tour feels the desire so common to your countrymen of enjoying once in his life the happiness of seeing Mrs Madison and yourself and I cannot...
Upon my return home three days ago, I found the inclosed Letters from Mr. Short. As they contain interesting information, in relation to our vacant Chair at the University (which it is so desirable should be filled as promptly as possible) I avail myself of the earliest opportunity to forward them to you—When I lately passed through Richmond, I learned from Mr. Johnson, that he had received...
My friend, H. Gilpin Esqr., of this city, has some idea of paying an early visit to Virginia, & will no doubt be desirous of paying his respects to you. Mr. Gilpin is distinguished for his talents, acquirements & productions, as a man of letters, & not less so for his excellent moral qualities & polished manners. It affords me particular pleasure to have such an occasion to renew the homage of...
When I had the pleasure of visiting Montpellier last year, I promised Mr. Payne to send him some vaccine matters so soon as I could obtain any: the enclosed is the first I have been able to recommend—You will oblige me by placing it in his hands. The only plan to be adopted in using it is merely to moisten it with cold water & to cover the point of the lancet well with the solution. Mrs....
I have duly recd. your letter of the 20th. communicating the proceedings of a meeting of the Alumni Association of Nassau Hall, and the unanimous appointment of me for its President. I hope it will not be doubted that I feel all the value of such a mark of respect from a source so respectable. Nor can I be insensible to the distinguished names with which mine is officially united. It is with...
Your two very obliging letters of May 30th and Aug. 6th have been received. Although you have already seen some of the letters sent by you to General Washington, yet I have tho’t it best to put the whole in the parcel, which I have left with Mr Coolidge for Col. Peyton. You will understand, therefore, that this parcel contains all the letters from you, which I have found among General...
In tracing the conduct and character of Genl. Jackson I have had a correspondence with Genl. Armstrong upon the subject of the provisional order to Genl. Jackson of the 18th. July 1814—authorising him on certain conditions to take possession of Pensacola. It appears that order was not recd. until after the peace, on or about the 14th. March of 1815. The circumstances under which it was recd....
I have recd. yours of the 21st. and return the paper enclosed in it. As the packages are for the University, your proctorship will I presume, authorize your opening in the case. I have recd. no Invoice yet of the Articles imported. Should it come to my hands, it shall be immediately sent to you; and if arriving at the University under address to the Rector, I request you to break the Seal...
I find from the Newspapers, that the Chair of Natural philosophy in the University is now vacant, by the translation of Professor Bonnycastle to the Mathematical School. Experience, talent, & Moral Character will no doubt guide the distinguished board in appointing a successor to that scientific gentleman, and influenced by the honour, emolument & usefulness of the situation, the friends of...
I have the honour to inform you, that on the day of the last annual Commencement of this Institution, the Alumni, who were present on the occasion, organized an Association, and unanimously elected you its President. Your acceptance of this appointment will be exceedingly gratifying not only to the members of the Association, but to all the friends of the College. Enclosed is a copy of the...