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In a letter I received from my Friend Mr. Delavan, soon after his late visit to Montpelier, he requested me to inform you, of the success of his application to Mr. Adams and the President to follow your Example in giving their countenance to the temperance reformation: but immediately after getting his letter, I perceived the information referred to, was carried to you through many channels of...
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Edwd. C. Delavan Esqr. Chairman of the Executive Comtee of the New York State temperance Society. Mr. Delavan has visited our State, to be present at the temperance Convention which has taken place here—He anticipates some advantages to this great cause, if he can obtain the assurance of your countenance in its favour—He is more-over desirous of...
After despatching my late letter to you from this place, Doctor Harrison put into my hands the within Corrected list of deficient Numbers of the Thesaurus I therefore hasten to forward *it to prevent a mistake—I am Yours respectfully RC (DLC) .inclosed by J. M. to Mr Long
I have recd. yours of the 8th Instant, with the letters from Mr. Long & Mr. Barbour inclosed— I send you herein the result of Dr. Harrisons investigation of the deficient parts of "Valpy’s Edition of Stephens’ Thesaurus" by which it appears, the expense will be small to compleat this valuable work and I should concur with you in ordering it to be purchased immediately—The subscription price of...
I have recd. yours this day inclosing Monsr. Fer[ron’s] letter. Yours containing Professor Lomaxs communication came duly to hand, & has been acted upon. I informed Prof. L. that I could see no objection to "his occupying as heretofore, the hours of the Medical School, as long as in the opinion of the Faculty no inconvenience was likely to result from the change" I shall refer Monsr. Ferrons...
Yours of the 12. inst. inclosing a Letter from Professor Lomax reached me by our last post. It is highly desirable to guard against the evils referred to in Mr. L’s communication, but I can see no reasonable hope of effecting anything at this advanced period of the vacation by attempting to communicate with our Colleagues. The dispersed state of our Members renders it impracticable to collect...
At the time I united with Mr Johnson, in declining to assent to the immediate appointment of Mr. Ritchie to the vacant Chair of Nat. Philosophy in the U—I consider’d we were in some degree committed by our understanding with Dr. Jones to pursue, this course—I am now informed, by a letter from Dr. Jones that he has accepted the appointment to the patent office, at Washington. And seeing the...
Yours of the 9 Inst. inclosing Mr. Lawrences letter reached me in due course of Mail. Whatever we may have thought of Doctor Jones’ claims upon us he has taken a course which has left us entirely at liberty in future, by writing in answer to the letter referr’d to in yours, that he considers himself put out of nomination by our determination to deferr the appointment. His letter, with a copy...
I received yours of the 9. Inst. covering Mr. Egans letter, & the accompanying recommendations of him, for Mr. Longs Chair. As I shall have no opportunity of placing these papers in the hands of our Colleagues but through the post, which I agree with you might be hazardous, I shall take the safer course of placing them in the custody of the Secretary to the Board of Visitors, at my next visit...
I received your several Communications, addressed to me in Richmond—and together with our Colleagues there Mr. Johnson & Mr. Cabell, deliberated upon them. In relation to Doctor Jones, it was finally agreed to suspend further proceedings until July, and I accordingly wrote him the accompanying letter—Mr. Loyall had previously assented to the suspension of this appointment in a letter to Mr....
I returned yesterday from Charlottesville, & hasten to acknowledge the receipt of your package, containing several letters from Candidates for Mr. Longs Chair, together with your own, written under the impression that there would be a meeting of the Board of Visitors, the 10th of last Month. As there is now no immediate prospect of a meeting of the Board, I shall take the papers above...
I write chiefly to acknowledge the rect. of yours of the 19. together with the letters it inclosed. I am content to make the effort with the present Hotel keepers under your view of our restricted powers, but I am in duty bound to add that new developments daily convince me that we shall have finally to get rid of the present set. I was informed this week at Fluva. Court by Mr. Gilmer of...
I have just recd. a letter from Mr. Short, informing me, that Dr. Jones, before my last letter reached its destination, had enterd into an engagement with the Franklin Institute which will occupy him, until the first of March, and making difficulties as to our proposed mode of appointing him, which seem to me, to be quite unnecessary, and to leave us at liberty, provided the Gentleman...
I was prevented by ill health from visiting the University until last week, and therefore did not receive your last letter as soon as I otherwise should, Mr. Garrett having dispatched it to me by post just before I reached his House. I have now to regret it the more, from finding it contained the request, to suspend further proceedings in regard to Dr Jones appointment, as in conformity to...
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...
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....
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...
I received your circular of the 27. May in due time. In a letter which I have just received from Mr. Short, he says, "I have lately taken up an idea from an expression which accidentally fell from a Gentleman with whom I was in conversation, & who is acquainted with Mr. Adrain, that he would accept the vacant Professorship in the University of Virginia if offer’d to him." I deem it useless to...
Yours of the 18. Ulto. came duly to hand. I am sorry to find Mr. Key has decided to leave us, and I can’t but be still further concerned, that at the moment of his leaving us, he should make a request with which there can be any doubt about the propriety of compliance. I must say, however, that his application for the permission of his Salary to run to the middle of August even under the...
After acknowledging the rect. of your late favours, the one containing the Bills of D & N. and the other a copy of your communication to the Proctor respecting the reinstatement of the Hotel keepers: permit me to call your attention to the inclosed letter of Mr. Wm. Matthews— I can see no objection to Mr. M. being permitted to make up such a school for Military instruction at the University as...
The extreme coldness of the weather, rendering the passage of the Rivanna already difficult & probably impracticable by the time I should be returning home—must be my apology for failing to visit you at this time, according to my appointment by letter from Richmond. I therefore hasten to communicate to you the opinions of the members of the Board of Visitors now in Richmond in relation to the...
Yours of the 27. Decr. reached New Canton during my late absence from home, which prevented it coming to my hands as early as it otherwise would have done— The papers accompanying your letter, discover a deplorable state of things indeed, in the depravity of the Hotel Keepers— I have already confered with Mr. Cabell & Mr. Johnson upon this difficult & painful subject, and shall see Mr. Loyal...
We The subscribers, Visitors of the Central College, having been specially called to meet on the 26th. day of Feb. 1819, and authorised by the act of the legislature, now in session, for establishing the University of Virginia, to continue the exercise of our former functions, and to fulfill the duties of our successors, Visitors of the sd. University, until their first actual meeting, have...
At a regular meeting of the Visitors of the Central College on 11th. May 1818, at which Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John H. Cocke, & Joseph C. Cabell, were present, it was agreed, that it being uncertain whether Thomas Cooper would accept the Professorship of Chemistry, in the event of his not doing so, it would be expedient to procure a Professor of Mathematicks. It was also agreed to...
The late Governor of the Commonwealth having thought proper to confide to us the office of Visitors of the Central College near Charlottesville , under an act of the legislature , establishing as it’s patron, the Governor for the time being, we deem it our duty to report to you our proceedings under that appointment, with the progress & prospects of that institution. The want of a seminary of...
At a meeting of the Visitors &c. 8. Oct: 1817. Certain letters from Doctor Thos. Cooper to Th: Jefferson, dated Sep. 17. & 19. received since the meeting of yesterday being communicated to the board of Visitors, and taken into consideration with his former letter of Sep. 16. they are of opinion that it will be for the interest of the College to modify the terms of agreement which might be...
At a meeting of the Visitors &c. held at Charlottesville 7. Oct: 1817. On information of the amount of the subscriptions to the Central College, known to be made, and others understood to be so, the board resolves, that the Pavilion now erecting be completed as heretofore directed, with the 20. dormitories attached to it, and that two other pavilions be contracted for and executed the next...
At a meeting of the Visitors & c held at Charlottesville 7 Oct: 1817. On information of the amount of the subscriptions to the Central College , known to be made, and others understood to be so, the board resolves, that the Pavilion now erecting be completed as heretofore directed, with the 20. dormitories attached to it, and that two other pavilions be contracted for and executed the next...
At a called meeting of the Visitors of the Central College, held at the House of Mr. Madison in Orange, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Hartwell Cocke, and Joseph C. Cabell, being present: The plan of the first Pavilion to be erected, and the proceedings thereupon, having been stated and agreed to— It is agreed that application be made to Doctor Knox of Baltimore to accept the...
At a called meeting of the Visitors of the Central College , held at the House of M r Madison in Orange , Thomas Jefferson , James Madison , John Hartwell Cocke , and Joseph C. Cabell , being present: The plan of the first Pavilion to be erected, and the proceedings thereupon, having been stated and agreed to It is agreed that application be made to Doctor Knox
At a meeting of the Visitors of the Central college held at Charlottesville on the 5th. day of May 1817. on a call by three members, to wit, John Hartwell Cocke, Joseph C. Cabell & Th Jefferson, present James Monroe, James Madison, John H. Cocke, and Th: Jefferson. The records of the trustees of the Albemarle academy, in lieu of which the Central college is established, were recieved from...