Monticello Feb. 15. 25.
Th:J. to J. Madison
Mr Cabell’s last letter to me of Feb. 11. says that if the Professors do not arrive before the assembly rises, they (the Visitors there) shall disperse and a regular call will be necessary; but if they arrive, he and mr Loyall will come up, from that place, by way of New Canton, and probably in Friday’s stage. should the former be the case, I should propose, if you approve of it, that as soon as the arrival of the Professors at Norfolk is credibly announced a special meeting of the visitors shall be called to meet on the day fortnight of the summonses leaving our Post office, and, to save time, I will direct a distinct summons to each at the same time, as their signatures to separate papers will be as effective as if to a single one running the rounds, and so consuming more time.
I hear nothing from Breckinridge on the subject of Preston, and I presume my letter has miscarried. Barber’s late appointment as Judge may perhaps add another chance against his acceptance. mr Cabbell suggests Henry St George Tucker, son of the judge, & himself a Chancellor of the Winchester district. I believe him entirely qualified for the professorship of Law, but as little likely to accept as either of the others. and here ends my catalogue. Affectionately Adieu.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.