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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...
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...
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...