James Madison Papers

Henry B. Bascom to James Madison, 19 October 1827

Madison College. 19. Ocr. 1827.

my Dear Sir,

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 Collegii Sigillum, 1827" in Roman numerals.

We shall proceed slowly, but we hope to do it safely, our first maxim, is not to go in debt; If we do but little, we intend to do it honestly, & do it well. I am now constantly engaged, in the collection of Books, maps, charts, & monies, for the Institution.

At present we have 63 schollars, & 20 more engaged, to enter shortly.

What we most need, in the present state of our progress, are a Library & the necessary apparatus for a College. The agricultural Department, excites considerable interest, in different sections of the country. We shall be thankful, for your paternal advice, at any time. Very respectfully—

H. B. Bascom

Could Mr Madison furnish me with a copy of the Laws & c of the University of Virga? respectfully—

H. B. B.

RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.

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