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I received your obliging favour of the 11 th instant . It would afford me real satisfaction, could I myself be impressed with the same favourable opinion as you are pleased to express in regard to the publication which I sent you. The daily duties which I am obliged to perform, would not have permitted the execution had I been adequate to the task of a work which required much mathematical...
I beg leave to request your acceptance of the small volume on the rotation of the earth, which accompanies this letter. As the theory I believe is new, it would afford me much satisfaction to be favoured with your opinion of the principle upon which it is founded; for I am perswaded there are few persons in this country so conversant with mathematical and philosophical subjects. It gives me...
Although personally unknown to you, I have taken the liberty of addressing you on a subject which I hope you will not pass over with indifference. I am well aware that the political connexion in which I was unfortunately engaged as an author at New-York in 1802 has operated with some individuals considerably to my prejudice; but as my present request to you regards neither Government nor...
I received a letter by last mail from M r John Tyler , member of the executive , informing me that I was appointed to survey the principal rivers of Virginia , from their mouths up to their falls , and afterwards to ascertain Latitudes and Longitudes of such places as they may hereafter name. He says, it is not expected that an actual survey of the rivers is to be made by running the chain,...
I take the liberty of soliciting your interest with the Executive in my favour, for the purpose of being appointed to survey the exterior boundaries of the Commonwealth according to the 7 th section of the act passed by the last Legislature , which orders the Executive to employ a Surveyor or Surveyors upon this business to ensure greater accuracy in the contemplated Map of Virginia . The many...
I take the liberty of addressing you as the friend of literary establishments, on a subject which may be beneficial to the youth of this state. I received a few days since, a letter from Professor Thomas Cooper of Carlisle College informing me that he quits that seminary in October next, and has yet fixed on no future place of residence and wishes that I might suggest some situation that would...
Within these few days, I have had an opportunity of perusing a London catalogue of the year 1814. Although it does not contain the Greek Lexicon, the review of which I mentioned to you, I observe notice of the two following. 1 st Parkhurst ’s Greek & english Lexicon royal octavo £1.10 2 d Greek english derivative Dictionary, 12mo, £0.4.6 To the best of my recollection, the Greek and English...
I received your favour of the 1 st instant yesterday in Petersburg ; and I beg leave to return my sincere thanks for the favourable opinion you are pleased to express of my qualifications. Having had occasion to come to Richmond to day, I waited upon the Governor in order to receive some information in regard to the contemplated survey of Virginia. The Governor informed me, that it is the...
From there being little prospect of the survey of the state of Virginia , being prosecuted farther than those contracts, which the Executive had entered into previous to the meeting of the Legislature; I have opened a seminary in this place, with the intention of completing the remainder of the rivers for which I had engaged during my vacation in summer. I would have resumed my establishment...
I conceive it my duty to inform you of the progress made by your Grandson M r Randolph , during his residence at the academy. His mathematical talents and the attention which he gave to his studies were in the highest degree satisfactory. I have only to regret that frequent indisposition, and an unfortunate accident which confined him to his room for several weeks, considerably retarded his...