James Madison Papers

Alexander Macomb to James Madison, 18 June 1827

Engineer Department. Washington. June 18 1827.


Mr Thos. C. Levins, now of the city of new york, but formerly professor of mathematics & natural philosophy in the College of Georgetown in this District, understanding that the present Professor of Mathematics in the University of Virginia was about to resign his situation, has requested me to mention him to you as a candidate to fill the place of professor of mathematics, when it shall become vacant.

Mr. Levins has given decided proofs of his ability as a mathematician: and he sustained an excellent reputation while he was attached to the Georgetown College. He has been twice invited to attend the Military Academy examinations at West Point on account of his mathematical & philosophical acquirements, and has been considered by the members of that institution as a great proficient in those branches of instruction, which are founded on the exact sciences. I take particular pleasure in recommending Mr. Levins’s application to your favourable consideration; & I feel confident that his appointment would prove a valuable acquisition to the Institution at Charlottesville.

With sentiments of profound respect I beg leave to subscribe myself, Sir, your most devoted & very humble servant

Al: Macomb

<M> general, Chief Engineer.

RC (ViU). Docketed by JM.

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