Council Chamber Feby 27th 1819
I have the honor to enclose you your appointment of Visitor of the University of Virginia together with the advice of Council fixing on the day of your first meeting.
I have a peculiar gratification in the discharge of this duty as I am persuaded that the foundation is now laid of an institution that will form a new and important era in the science and literature of our native state. my gratification is much increased by the recollection that this institution will commence under auspices that will ensure it success and cannot fail to answer most sanguine expectations of every friend to knowledge and to the improvement of the human mind.
James P. Preston