From Armistead T. Mason
Selma 21st. March 1818
I hope you will pardon my delay in answering your last letter,1 and ascribe it to any other cause than intentional neglect.
I regret that my anticipation of the subscriptions in this County to the Central College of Va. has so far been realized: but I must in candor say that I have not had it in my power to apply to many Gentlemen on the subject. Perhaps I may yet be more successful. I have it now in my power to devote more time to this business, and I shall make every possible effort to promote it. I am however by no means sanguine of success. The result of my labours I will communicate to you. In the mean time I return you the Subscription paper (having retained a copy of it) with my subscription to it; and a Check for the first instalment of that subscription.2 Not knowing properly in whose favor to draw the Check I have made it payable to your order that you may transfer it to the proper person.
Armistead T. Mason
RC (DLC). Addressed by Mason to JM and franked. Cover postmarked Leesburg, Virginia, Mar 26. Docketed by JM.
1. Letter not found.
2. Mason subscribed $200 to the Central College fund (Cabell, Early History of the University of Virginia, 410).