Oct. 12. 21
I have been applied to in behalf of the Northern seminaries in the US to solicit the cooperation of those in the South in application to that ing session of Congress for repeal the duty on imported books, which is believed to be a considerable obstruction to the progress of science among us.
I have accordingly addressed letters (of which the inclosed is a copy) to such personal acquaintances as I happened to have among the Professors trustees or visitors of the Colleges of Chapel-hill in N.C. of Columbia in S.C. & of Transylvania in Kentucky, asking the cooperation . but not knowing whether among acquaintances any happen to be either Professor, trustee or visitor of the University of Athens in state, I take the liberty of inclosing to your excellency, with a request that you will addressg it to whatever person you may think most likely to promote it’s views and that he will consider it as addressed to him by myself, and will be so good as to do on it whatsoever he thinks right. I pray Y. E. to accept the assurance of my high & considn