James Madison Papers

James Madison to the Visitors of the University of Virginia, 24 September 1827

Montpelier Sept 24th 1827

Dear Sir.

I have received letters from Mr. Long relating to his appointment to the Greek Professorship in the London University; of the last of which a Copy is enclosed.

In another letter he urges several considerations drawn from the situation of his nearest connections in England, which impose on him the duty of establishing himself there, as soon as he should be at liberty, expressing at the same time an anxiety that the visitors should be assured, that his consenting to become a candidate for a place in the London University, was coupled with a statement of his engagements here, and a confidence that the opening of the institution, would be so remote as not to interfere with them———

It may be proper to add, that whilst he was under the beleif that his presence in England would not be required till July 1829, he expressed an opinion that the University of Virginia would be able to find a successor among its own offspring, and that he would gratuitously and gladly spare no pains in promoting it, by an extra assistance to one or two of his pupils, whose capacity and proficiency were singularly promising, and whose dispositions, he thought, were favorable to such a career—

The question to be decided by the visitors is whether he shall be retained against his inclination till July 1829, and then depart with the feelings resulting therefrom, or be released a year sooner with such as would flow from the indulgence—Be so good as to let me hear from you as soon as may be convenient, that I may give Mr. Long the information so much desired by him. With great esteem.

James Madison

RC, two copies (ViU); RC (DLC: Monroe Papers); draft (DLC). RC addressed to Joseph C. Cabell, John Hartwell Cocke, and James Monroe. The last paragraph on the draft does not appear on the RC.

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