Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, [29 March 1822]

From James Madison

[Montpellier, 29 Mar. 1822]

I am sorry that the approaching meeting of the Visitors will furnish an exception to the punctuality of my attendance … I presume that my failure, even if it prevents a quorum, is rendered of little consequence by the obduracy of the Assembly to the pleas in behalf of the University, whose interests are certainly the best interests of their constituents …

Extract, including ellipses, printed in Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., auction catalogue, New York City, 5–6 Apr. 1943, lot 389; document described there as being one quarto page in length and containing “about 95 words,” in Madison’s hand and signed by him, dated Montpellier, 29 Mar. 1822, and endorsed by TJ on verso as a letter of that date received 4 Apr. 1822 from Montpellier; so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); left half of address cover only; with Dft of TJ’s Recommendation of Abia B. Thorn, 25 Sept. 1824, on verso; addressed (trimmed): “Mr Jeffer[son] M[onticello]”; postmarked Orange Court House, 30 Mar.

An earlier auction catalogue paraphrased Madison’s letter as “Regretting that a rheumatic attack will prevent his attending the approaching meeting of the Visitors” (Anderson Galleries, New York City, 14–15 Jan. 1925, lot 273).

Index Entries

  • health; rheumatism search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); health of search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters from search
  • rheumatism; J. Madison’s search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; meetings of search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; and General Assembly search