Montpellier Mar. 19. 1827
My dear Sir
Your two letters of Jany. 17 & 22. were duly recd. I hope your health was restored as soon as was promised by the decrease of your fever, and that it continues to be good. I inclose a Circular required by the resignation of Mr. Key, to which I have nothing to add on that subject. Our Colleagues protest against a "Called Board" on any acct. tho’ I fear the Creditors of the University will be clamorous, knowing that a loan is authorized for $25,000, as you will have noticed. I have not seen the law and cannot decide how far it can be turned to immediate account even by the full authority of the Board. I have written to Genl. Cocke that if there can be any anticipation by the Bursar, with his & my sanction, I shall concur in the arrangement.
Should you intend a visit to Albemarle this spring, apprize me of the time when your call on us may be looked for. Health & every other happiness
The deportment of the Students is represented to be perfectly good, but the number much reduced, and a great proportion new comers. Many of the former ones may be expected to return when the funds wasted by them can be repaired. This number at present does not exceed 110.
RC (DLC: Monroe Papers); draft (DLC).