Monto May 16. 26.
The inclosed lres will so fully explain themselves that I will not add to your trouble by a restatemt here. I know nothing of William the son, but if the mass of your business should permit you to give him. the informn he requests I will pray you to send with it the inclosed letter to him. Our University is improving in the points of order & applicn. very sensibly so since the last year. we have still about a dozen bad subjects, who game and drink under such cautions as to render detection very difficult because the good make a point of honor not to bear witness against We shall in time be able to and expel them our whole number is 170. and on opening the law school every dormitory (109) will be filled. our court & grand jury are vigilant & determd. The former put down two houses of the most pernicious & seducing to habits of expence and disorder. the latter presented every gambler of the town high & low. a number of the students, merely as witnesses took alarm & absconded for a day or two, to avoid giving testimony, for altho’ not presented themselves they feared a compulsion to answer questions which might lead to the presentment of others. at the call however of the faculty they returned into place. one was expelled for extreme insolence (he had before been on the black list) and 2 others incurred suspensions for contumacy . all is now going on well, and the late proceedings of the civil power will greatly strengthen the sound part in their dispositions to order. [I hope your sons give you satisfactory informn on their situan & progress. the faculty speak of them to me in terms of high approbn] could we have the aid of the civil power to constrain evidence from the students, gaming & drinking now carried on in secret would be immediately suppressed. without this power it is impossible. I hope your sons Etc. accept assurances of my frdship & respect.