Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 11 March 1819

From James Madison

Mar. 11. 1819

Dear Sir

I recd yesterday morning yours of the 8th and return the several copies of letters enclosed in it. The letter to you from Mr Cabell was returned by the mail before the last. I know not any course better to be taken in relation to Dr Cooper, than your letters to him & Correa. I have not a particle of doubt that the answer of the latter will compleatly remove the objection brought forward agst the former; and I hope if there are others not disclosed, that they will evaporate1 before the moment for decision. Cooper under[stands?]2 I presume that he will not be precluded from Law-Lectures, at least untill a professor for that Branch shall be in his functions. He will probably receive a greater emolument from the fees of Law, than of Classical Students, and for some time both together may not exceed a quant: sufficit. I am very glad to see that the additional appropriation of $20.000, has fallen through.

Health & all other happiness.

James Madison

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); top half of page; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Madison of 11 Mar. 1819 received four days later and so recorded in SJL. RC (RPB, 1957); bottom half of page; upper left corner torn; dateline beneath signature; at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson.” Enclosures: enclosures 2–4 to TJ to Madison, 8 Mar. 1819.

For the failure of the additional appropriation for the education of the poor, see Joseph C. Cabell to TJ, 8 Mar. 1819.

1Manuscript: “evoporate.”

2DLC text ends at right margin in middle of word.

Index Entries

  • alcohol; abuse of search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); alcohol abuse of rumored search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and T. Cooper search
  • education; in Va. search
  • education; of the poor search
  • health; alcohol abuse search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and T. Cooper search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters from search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and faculty recruitment search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search
  • Virginia; and education search