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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...
The letter of the 20 th with which you have honored me did not come to hand until yesterday. with mr Hassler I have not the pleasure of a personal acquaintance; but I have information entirely satisfactory of his scientific character. as an Astronomer and Mathematician he is certainly highly qualified; and the former commission you mention him to have held of Director of roads, bridges and...
I recieved in due time your Excellency’s letter of Mar. 18 . covering the appointment with which you were pleased to honor me as one of the Comm rs under the act concerning the University . meaning to accept the trust, it did not occur in the moment that I ought to say so, and to prevent any suspence which my silence might occasion in your mind on the subject. the reciept of your second favor...
I yesterday recieved your favor of Feb. 27. covering the appointment of the 13 th of the same month with which you have been pleased to honor me as a Visitor of the University of Virginia . impressed with the important effect which well conducted education will produce on the character and happiness of my native state, and ambitious for it’s reputa tion and pro s perity, I accept the charge...