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I have just recd. yours of the 4th. A few lines from Doctr Dunglison had prepared me for such a communication; and I never doubted that the last scene of our illustrious friend would be worthy of the life which it closed. Long as this has been spared to his country and to those who loved him, a few years more were to have been desired for the sake of both. But we are more than consoled for the...
J. Madison presents his respects to Mr. Trist, and commits to his attention, the inclosed papers for Mrs. Randolph forwarded to J. M. by the unknown author. ( DLC : Nicholas P. Trist Papers).
The Board of Visitors have decided that a Secretary be appointed to it, and you have been selected for the service. The salary allotted is $200 payable quarterly. If you think proper to accept the place, it will desirable that you be present at the meeting of the Board tomorrow. Friendly respects $50. has been voted in consideration of yr. service in relation to the Catalogue for the Library...
Since I asked the favor of you to sketch a report from the Visitors of the University such as would embrace the topics and statements which the Board appeared to have in view, it occurred that the occasion required, and the members of the Board would approve, some tribute to the memory of Mr. J. With this view I prepared an introductory paragraph, as you will see; and that the Report might be,...
Your favor of the 28th. having met with delay at our post office, I recd. it too late to look into the papers of accts. &c you were so good as to inclose. I can not but think it will be well that a Statement of what relates to the particular work done since the last Report, and yet to be done, should be made out by the Proctor in a simple form; to be referred to in the report, rather than to...
Your letter & commununications of the 18th. having remained a day or two at our post office, I have been obliged to give in some haste, the final extent & shape to the Report for the Legislature; and after all to leave a couple of blanks which I must ask the favour of you to fill; and then forward the Report directly to Richmond. In filling the blanks, the guide will be the paper of the Come....
I have recd. your favor of the 16th. What relates to the University will be subjects for our conversation. I can not so far avail myself of your dispensation from giving answers to your letters, which I am sure will always merit them as not to make my acknowledgment for the kind indulgence, and to express the pleasure which will be afforded by the promised visit of Mr Terrell & yourself. In...
I send you the commencing paragraph for the Report of the Board of Visitors, which in a more hasty draft had a sanction at the moment of our separation. I thought it best, to lose no time in enabling you to compleat the Report, that none may be lost in forwarding it to its destination, and I trust I shall have the pleasure of receiving it, from your own hand rather than thro’ the mail. Health...
I leave the inclosed open that you may see the papers relating <to> the Hotel Keepers: Should Genl. Cocke, unexpectedly at this season, be in Charlottesv<ille> be so obliging as to have the letter put into his hands; in the contrary event, into t<he> proper mail. I enclose for you Mr. Brokenboroughs report to be assorted with the other documents accompanying that to go from the Rector: on...
Your indisposition mentioned in yours of the 30th. ult: just come to hand gives me the more concern as I fear it has been increased, if not occasioned by an overexertion to hasten the Report for Richmond. The delay is sufficiently explained by the tediousness of the preparatory task, to say nothing of the obstacles in the severity of the season: and were dispatch, of more importance than it...
I did not receive your two letters of the 8th & 9th. till last evening after the Mail for Charlottesville had passed, and could not therefore sooner acknowledge them. The letters ought to have come to hand the day before yesterday, and might then, have been answered by the mail of yesterday. How the failure happened, I know not. That no time might be unneccessarily lost I sent the day before...
I forgot to comply with a request of Mr. Monroe, that the last letter of Mr. Bernard might be sent back to him, which had been requested by Mr B. Be so good as to put it under cover for him, and forward it by mail to Fredericksburg: unless there be something in the letter making it improper. I recollect nothing of such a character. FC ( DLC : Nicholas P. Trist Papers).
As English newspapers seemed to be acceptable to you, I inclose a few which came to hand before their contents appeared in our own. The Mail of today may bring even later dates, but probably not at full length the interesting, and it may be added very adroit Speech of Mr Canning. Without drawing the Sword agst. Ferdinand, he flourishes it in the Scabbard over his head, and gives notice to all...
I have recd. your two letters of the 31st Ult. and the first inst: and with them the "Harmony Gazettes" and the "Westminster Review". The former I now return. The Review I retain for another Mail, to avoid encumbering too much the present. You justly set a high value on Gymnastics. But a letter from Mr. Cabell gives little hope that the funds of the University will be aided for that or any...
I recd. in due time your favor of the 25. Ult: and have looked over the lucubrations of Regulus now returned to your files; but with an attention less close than the subject of them would require. I concur entirely in the distinction made between the authority of a Constitution, and that of public opinion. The former is the record of the National Will, and no evidence however specious or true,...
It being always somewhat uncertain whether Genl. Cocke will be found at Bremo, or at Charllle., whither he is so often called I trouble you agn. with a letter for him to be properly disposed of as the case may be. The letter being left open for your perusal you will see that Mr. Key has decided on a return to Engd. & that we have to encounter the difficulty of providing a successor. His letter...
I trouble you with another letter to Genl. Cocke, for reasons which I need not repeat. Be so good as to look at Mr. Jeff--n’s instructions to Mr. Gilmer and observe whether they do not suggest a better explanation than is given in the letter to Mr. Gallatin of the terms he is to hold out, as inviting a successor to Mr. Key. And if so, drop me a line, unless you favour us with a more agreeable...
The explanation you give of Mr. Key’s determination to leave us surprizes me. I had taken—for granted that it had its origin very much with Mrs. Key, and had a sanction at least from the opinion of his friends in England. Were his views less fixed, it might be hoped that if the advice of his friends, from whom it seems he is yet to hear, should press his stay where he is, it might, when...
Given to N. P. T. by James Madison Montpellier May 22. 1827. "Mr Jefferson returned to me my letters to hi<m> (some of wh. however are missing, wh. perhaps he destroyed). Of some of those returned, I find I have copies; among them, one on the subject of his views with regard to the right to bind future generations. This I will give to you." Copy and copy of enclosure (DLC: Jefferson Papers) ....
Yours of the 8th. is just come to hand. I send you the letter of Mr. Coolidge to me referred to in his to you, and with it a paper, giving a sample of Mr. Grund’s professional Exhibitions. I send also the answer of Mr. Farrar recd. since you saw that of Mr. Bowditch. Tho’ favorable to Mr. G. it is cautious. These papers may remain with you till the meeting of the Visitors It may not be amiss...
Yours of the 30th. was recd. yesterday. I am sorry for the trouble you have taken in searching for the morceau in question. Having observed that the whole of Franklin’s Works published, were in the Library of the University, I took for granted that it might be easily sought for; and if there, found either in the biographical part, or under the miscellaneous head. It now occurs, that the...
This will be handed to you by Mr. George Washington, a nephew of Mrs. Madison, who being with his wife & his mother Mrs Todd on a visit to us, indulges his curiosity by one to the University, and will probably mark his respect for the spot where we understand you will now be found, by a ride to it. He is an Eleve of the University of Transylvania, and tho’ a married man but a short time out of...
The time is come when I ought to recollect that a Report from the Visitors of the University will soon be due to the General Assembly; and for which my materials as well as my memory are deficient. I must recur therefore to your aid in behalf of both. It is the more needed, as my sickness at the last Session of the Board prevented the participation in its proceedings which would have left me...
Your favor of the 28th has come to hand with less delay as you may see than happened to mine of the 23. I consider the appointment of Docr Jones as decided. The account of him from Mr. Short was favorable; and Docr. Patterson, in declining himself, recommended Dr. Jones. I had been led to think well of Mr. Walker, when the Visitors were last assembled, but the supposed immaturity of his...
Mr. Sparks having in his hands some papers he was to forward to me, I requested him to avail himself of the opportunity by Col. Peyton, who had mentioned to me his intended trip to Boston. I find by a letter from Mr. Sparks that he put the packet into the hands of Mr. Coolidge, for Col. Peyton; and by a letter from Col. P. that owing to the state of the weather, & the circumstances of his...
I have just recd. from Mr King the enclosed letter with an account of the fund placed by Mr. Jefferson under the controul of his father. From this it appears, that on the 24th. of June 1826. a balance remained in the hands of the Barings of £906.18.4. Sterling. Whether the fund has been further reduced by subsequent drafts may perhaps be gathered from the Invoices & information arrived with...
Yours of the 5th. enclosing one from Mr Johnson, having been overlooked as I presume at the post offices here did not reach me till yesterday evening. I sent off a line immediately for the mail of this morning informing him I could not attend the proposed meeting of the Visitors. It can have no effect however, unless, he should happen to have postponed, without abandoning his passage up by the...
Your letter containing the information from Mr. Coolidge on the subject of Mr. Walker, was duly recd.; and as the opening for the Chair of Nat: Phil: seemed to be not closed by the correspondence relating to Docr. Jones & Mr. Renwick, I forwarded the information to Mr. Johnson, from whom, at Richmond, it will emanate to other Visitors It appears that a majority of the Visitors decline a...
Your favours of the 18th have been duly recd. I am sorry you thought an apology necessary for the delay in sending me the residue of my letters to Mr. Jefferson, and rather surprized that you should be scrupulous of reading them. I took for granted that you would regard them, as on his files equally open tho less entitled to inspection than his to me. In forwarding the parcels you are so...
Since mine of the 26 ult: which I hope got safe to hand, I have recd. yours of the 29th.: since which that of the 30th. with the bundle of letters has been handed to me by Mr. Randolph. I am very sorry for the trouble it cost you to take advantage of that conveyance. I return, as you desire, the extracts you made from some of the letters. I return also the copies of two letters, inclosed in...
I have just recd. a letter from Col. Storrow in answer to an inquiry from me, which shews that he has still in his hands the packet put into them by Mr. Sparks. I am sorry that his inattention caused you & Mr Coolidge the trouble indicated in your favour of Feby. 22. The delinquent is so penitent for not even dropping me a line on the subject, that, in the consciousness of our own...
I am sorry to take up my pen, when the only object is to impose a tax on yours. Be so good as to let me have, from the University papers left by Mr. Jefferson, a copy of the contract made by Mr. Gilmer, with the Professors, engaged in England. Affectionate salutations. RC ( DLC : Nicholas P. Trist Papers).
I have recd. your two letters of Mar. 30. and Apl. 1. the letter inclosing a copy of the contract with Mr. Long; to which I must ask the favor of you to add a copy of the power of attorney to Mr. Gilmer to enter into such engagements. I ought to have done this in the first instance. I feel the greater regret in imposing the trouble, now that I learn the new calls on your time in which it will...
I have recd. your favor of the 17th. & thank you for the copy of Mr. Jeffersons letter to Mr. Norvell on the deceptive & licencious character of the press. My answer to the letter of General Lafayette referring to the abuse abroad of that of Mr. Jefferson in decrying the liberty of the press, appealed for an antidote to the known attachment of Mr. J. to a free press, as a necessary guardian of...
I have just recd. from Mr Gilmer the desired copy of the Power of Attorney to his brother, and inclose a few lines thanking him for his prompt attention to the request conveyed to him. Not knowing the County in which the post office lies, I beg the favor of you to add it on the superscription as there may be other "Libertys", leading the letter astray. With that addition, please to have it...
I have recd. yours of the 30th. Ult. and given attention to the passage relating to the Statement of Dr. Watkins. I feel certainly every proper motive to comply with your request, especially under the reserves you annex to it. But I happen not to have the means of doing so which you take for granted. After a lapse of more than 20 years, without intervening occasions, for recurring to the...
Be so obliging as to complete the address of the inclosed letter to Mr. Eppes in answer to one recd. from him at Tallahassee, whence I presume he has got back to Virga. You will find the Debate in the Brit: H. of Commons on the subject of Canada, interesting in a historical as well as several other views. Mrs. M. has recd the welcome letter from Mrs. Randolph; and if she does not now answer it...
We are very sorry for the cause that detains you from the From the attendance you wished not to omit, but it is the request of us all that you consult your health as the first duty. With best wishes RC ( DLC : Nicholas P. Trist Papers).
I have recd. from a Mr. A. ____ Wigfall, of S. Carolina, who appears to have been a Student at our University, a letter which I can the better answer, after some knowledge of his character & conduct whilst there. Be so good as to collect it for me, as soon as may be convenient. I send you a few London Gazettes, which after looking into, you can hand to Dr. Dunglison. We got home the day we...
I have just recd. yours of the 26th. The effect of the failure to provide for such cases as that of Mr Lomax is much to be regretted. I was under an impression that a resolution, adapted to them, was among those drawn up by Mr. Johnson. As you will perhaps see at your Court on Monday next, Genl. Cocke & Mr. Rives; & Mr. Cabell also, be so good as to state the occurrence to them, & obtain their...
Since my last I have recd. a letter from Docr. Patterson notifying his acceptance of the Chair of Nat: Philosy. which "he founds on the supposition that the Pavilion occupied by Mr. Long, will be assigned to him". This he was led to believe, when at the University, was intended, in the event of his becoming a Professor; and he seems, now to make a point of it, as materially important to his...
I have just recd. a letter from Mr. Monroe, from which I find that he wishes a copy of the Resolution appointing him & Mr. Johnson a Committee to report a plan of police for the university. Be so good as to send him a copy; apprizing him at the same time of the day, the 1st. of Ocr., fixed for the next meeting of the Visitors, which he seems to have forgotten. Mr. Tracie, who has been confined...
I have just recd. the enclosed letter from Mr. Lawrence; the last paragraph of which may be communicated to Mr. Bonnycastle Has he written yet to Mr. Barlow for a full report of the transactions committed to him, by Mr. Jefferson? I lost no time in apprizing Mr L. that the Chair of N. P. was provided for by the accepted appt. of Docr. Patterson. I beg pardon for my error in supposing that the...
I have recd. yours of the 24th. I hope your letter to Mr Monroe will have corrected his error as to the day for the meeting of the Visitors, in time for his attendance. I have heared nothing from him on the subject since his letter asking for information, my answer to which was I thought sufficiently guarded agst. misapprehension. I relied still more on the letter I presume you wrote to him,...
I have just recd. the inclosed letter, under cover of one from Mr. Clay to me. Be your decision on the subject of it what it may, it gives me pleasure that an option is afforded. It appears to be an expectation that in the event of your becoming a resident in Washington a removal of Mrs. Randolph thither would take place. But I know not that such a condition could be implied if her personal...
I have just recd. your favor of the 26 Novr. with the communications relating to the university for which I thank you. I had written to the Bursar & Proctor, and recd answers, but that of the Bursar has I believe < > overlooked the period which your letter to him will probably lead him to attend to. His compliance with your request will probably reach me by the next mail from Charlottesville....
I have duly recd. yours of the 18th. The delay in sending on the Report of the Visitors was unluckily increased by my error in supposing that your letter to Charlottesville , had been addressed to the Bursar. On the discovery of it by his answer to one from me, I inclosed the Report unsealed to him with a request that he would include the omitted document, and then forward the communication by...
I have recd. with yours of the 12th. the 1st. vol: of Lyman’s Diplomacy. The mail charged with the 2d. is not yet arrived, owing to a failure between Washington & Fredg. Tomorrow’s will probably bring it. I have not examined into the discrepancy of dates you refer to in the origin of the tonnage regulation. Perhaps it may be explained by the circumstance of the same Session of Congress being...
Do me the favor to hand the inclosed letters to Mr. Brent, with a request that he will be so good as to let the letters go from the Department with the first dispatches for England We have had no information from Edgehill since Mrs. Randolph & Mrs. Trist left us. We hope the accounts you have are all of them favorable. I take for granted you have not omitted a provision for the copies of Mr....
Your favor of the 24th. Ult. was recd. by mail of thursday last. The copies of Mr. Monroe’s paper had been just before forwarded to Mr. Johnson & Mr. Cabell, and I sent to Mr Randolph by the earliest mail the copies of Mr. Jeffersons letters to Mr. Adams senr. and myself; having previously adverted to the passages you wished to have my consideration. The word "species" last repeated, I found...