James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 12 February 1819

To Thomas Jefferson

Montpellier Feby. 12. 1819

Dear Sir

I have not been able to learn a tittle of your health, since I saw you. It has, I hope, been entirely re-established. I congratulate you on the success of the Report to the Legislature on the subject of the University. It does not yet appear what steps have been taken by the Governor towards giving effect to the law.1

Will you be so good as to have the inclosed2 forwarded when convenient to Mr. Minor. I leave it open that you may peruse the printed Memoir, which the author, T. Coxe, wishes you may have an opportunity of doing. It is short and contains facts & remarks which will pay for the trouble. He refers me also to an Article from his pen in the Amn. Edit: of Rees’ Cyclopedia, under the head “United States,” which I believe he would be gratified by your looking into. I have not seen it; but understand that it contains not only other remarks on the subject of the Memoir; under the sectional head “Agriculture,” but a review of the most important transactions—quorum partes fuimus.3

The President intimates to me that there is a prospect of an early & satisfactory close to the negociations with Spain: promoted he doubts not by the course of events of late date and the account to which they have been turned. Affecte. adieus

James Madison

RC (DLC). Docketed by Jefferson, “recd. Feb 15.,” with his notes: “health / College / printed paper to Minor / Spain / meeting.”

1On 25 Jan. 1819 the Virginia General Assembly passed an act establishing the University of Virginia on the site of the Central College and providing for the government of the institution. For the act, see Cabell, Early History of the University of Virginia, 447–50. On 13 Feb. 1819 the Virginia Council of State sent a letter to the Board of Visitors fixing “the last Monday in March next” as the first meeting of the visitors under the new act (ViU: Joseph C. Cabell Papers, 1796–1887, mss 38–111, box 13).

2For the enclosure, see Tench Coxe to JM, 2 Feb. 1819, and n. 1.

3Quorum partes fuimus: of which we played a part.

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