James Madison Papers

William Matthews to James Madison, 8 February 1827

Everettsville P.O. Albemarle Co Va February 8th. 1827—


Not having received a definitive answer to my proposition, though I have seen Genl Cocke to whom you referd my communication, I again address you though with reluctance; for it is by no means my wish to be troublesome.

Genl Cocke whom I saw at Monticello on the 15th. of last month inform’d me that he intended visiting you in a day or two and would inform me whether or not I could go on to apply for arms—a proposition which I made after finding that the Visitors were not disposed to apply on their own responsibility. I also suggested the regulations respecting the use of the arms, and requested a depository for them on condition &c If you have seen Genl. Cocke be pleased to inform me by a line addressed to this office the result of my proposition. I would describe to you the regulation I would have, but expect you have consulted with Genl. Cocke. The arms are to be spiked before put in the hands of the students Accept the renewal of my respect and esteem.

Wm Matthews

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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