James Madison Papers

Nicholas P. Trist to James Madison, 26 April 1827

University April 26th. 27.

Dear Sir

Calling by here in haste this morning, I am met by Mr Brockenbrough who calls me into his office, to show me the enclosed. They are on a Subject of such deep interest, that I have asked his permission to send to you the letter addressed to himself. It may turn out a God send. You will judge of the expediency for obtaining the opinion of Bowditch & of Farrar; and of using every effort to close the door against all the numerous causes which may lead to an unfortunate appointment, should it long remain open. It is the subject of a good deal of speculation & talk; & I suspect, is, or soon will be, one of considerable intriguing. If I can afford you the least assistance in this, or aught else, bear in mind, I pray you, what a sincere satisfaction I shall experience in rendering it. Accept my affectionate salutations

Nichs. Ph. Trist

I am myself exceedingly pleased with the tone of the prospectus. Can the importance of the circumstance of youth be overrated?

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

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