Richmond 3d Feb. 1820.
I arrived here the day before yesterday, & found your favor of 20th ult, in the post office. The unfortunate and long continued illness of my wife, kept me in Williamsburg till the 1st inst. The session is now far advanced; but I hope it is not too late to procure a further endowment of the University. The lamentable occurrence in the treasury encreases the difficulties we had already to encounter. Some enlightened men tell me there is no prospect of success: and I candidly think it doubtful. But I am now urging the subject in every quarter where I think I can be useful. Your letter and the important paper it contained, I took the liberty to shew to most of the members at the Eagle, this morning; and I found a good disposition on the subject. I am sorry there has been so little yet done in regard to this great subject. A detailed report from the President & Directors of the Literary Fund will appear in a few days, whereupon propositions will be submitted to the House of Delegates. In the mean time I shall see the friends of the measure. You may expect to hear more fully from me, hereafter: I write now merely to inform you that misfortunes have kept me in Wmsburg, till the 1st inst but that I am now in place, and engaged on this subject which is so interesting to your feelings. I am rejoiced to hear of your good health. I have thought it unnecessary to trouble you with letters heretofore, because our mutual friend Col: Randolf would write you fully on every subject. In haste, I remain, Dr Sir, faithfully yours
Joseph C. Cabell