Montr. May 16. 24.
You will see by the inclosed letter from Mr Cabell that a project is in agitation respecting Wm. & Mary Coll. which gives him much alarm. I communicate to you the letter as he requests, and with it my answer, as shewing the point in which I view it. I will ask their return when read, that I may be enabled to lodge my answer in Richmd. before his arrival there.
On the question of engaging a Medical professor, yourself, Mr Cabell, Genl. Cocke and myself concurred in the affirmative, Mr Johnson was in the negative. 4. being a majority of the whole board, I considered it as so decided, and gave the instruction accdly. Our agent sailed from N. Y. on the 8th inst. I did not consult Genl. Breckenridge & Mr Loyall, because neither were acqd. with the previous proceedings on the subject, and their distance also, and the promptness of decision necessary did not give time. Ever and affectly. your’s
FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers).