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To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 26 December 1824

From Thomas Jefferson

[26 December 1824]

I inclose you a long letter from mr. Cabell and a long answer from myself,1 not much worth reading, but that it is well you should know every thing. No letter from Gilmer since my last, but he is believed to be now in Richmond. Long and Blaettermann are here located in their pavilions as drawn by lot. The former is a fine young man and well qualified. The latter rather a rough looking German, speaking English roughly, but of an excellent mind and high qualifications. He thinks the Competitor, bound to Norfolk with the other three would not sail till about the 10th. of November. It is time they should be here now. You will see what I wrote to Cabell about a meeting on their arrival. I wrote him a private letter also as to Tucker,2 and I have written privately to Genl. Breckenridge, enquiring concerning Wm. C. Preston, in case Gilmer should absolutely decline.3 I have done nothing as to Dr. Emmet, because I supposed Gilmer would have left N.Y. before my letter could reach there. You will see what I have recommended as to the last donation. I write this day to Govr. Barber to press a decision through Congress without loss of time.4 I wish you would do the same that he might be sensible of it’s urgency. Affectly. Adieu.

RC (DLC); draft (DLC: Jefferson Papers). RC undated; conjectural date supplied from draft. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

1Joseph C. Cabell to Jefferson, 21 Dec. 1824, and Jefferson to Cabell, 22 Dec. 1824, printed in Cabell, Early History of the University of Virginia, 318–23.

2Jefferson to Cabell, 22 Dec. 1824, ibid., 324.

3Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 22 Dec. 1824 (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

4Jefferson to James Barbour, 26 Dec. 1824 (DLC: Jefferson Papers). For Virginia’s claim against the federal government and its importance for the University of Virginia, see Bruce, History of the University of Virginia, 2:38–39.

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